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Gravesham Borough travel to Epsom & Ewell in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup

Gravesham Borough get their first taste of the FA Cup this weekend.

They travel to an Epsom & Ewell side who kicked off their Combined Counties League season last week with a 9-2 win.

Gravesham will be ground-sharing with Chatham Town but start the season on the road.

Gravesham manager Kevin Hake Picture: Darren Small
Gravesham manager Kevin Hake Picture: Darren Small

It’s a match manager Kevin Hake believes could be a thriller.

He said: "It's a great honour to take the club into the FA Cup for the first time in its history.

“It means as a club we will continue to follow on with the progress we made last season in the FA Vase and the league.

“Whilst it's a shame the game has come so early in the season, the lads are fully prepared for what will be for many their first time involved in the competition.

“It's the greatest cup competition in the world and I'm glad we are playing our part, not only for this season but the forthcoming years to come.

“The opposition will be an interesting one, especially as they scored nine goals in their opening league game on Tuesday. Coupled with us scoring over 100 goals last season I wouldn't recommend anyone backing the 0-0!

“The club as a whole are invigorated by the game and looking forward to the season as a whole.

“Off the field the club has worked tirelessly to secure a ground share with Chatham Town that will now provide the stability required for the club to grow.

“We are realistic with our ambitions for this season and with the squad assembled we look forward to the challenges ahead."

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