Kentish Express Ashford & District - - POINTS OF VIEW -

Gilling­ham v Charl­ton, 2004

For many years, Gills chair­man Paul Scally felt Pre­mier League Charl­ton’s mar­ket­ing of their club to the good folk of Kent was a lit­tle too much - and at the ex­pense of his team. So you can imag­ine his de­light when the two were drawn to­gether in the third round. A pul­sat­ing match saw Scally have the last laugh as the Gills emerged vic­to­ri­ous, 3-2.

Whit­stable v Mar­gate 2006

While many think the cup be­gins with the first round, for most non-league sides there are six ties to nav­i­gate first. In 2006 more than 1,100 fans crammed into Whit­stable Town’s Bel­mont Ground to watch the Kent League side face neigh­bours Mar­gate in a se­cond qual­i­fy­ing round clash. In an en­ter­tain­ing game, the Gate se­cured a 2-1 win.

Hythe Town v Staines Town, 2010

Hythe be­came the first Kent League team in more than 50 years to reach the first round proper, fol­low­ing an ex­cel­lent 2-0 home win against Con­fer­ence South side Staines Town at Reach­fields. The run didn’t last long though. Drawn as the low­est ranked team in the con­test away to Foot­ball League side Here­ford United, they lost 5-1 in the first round.

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