The FA who had been rumoured that they would remove the earlier rounds of this years coming FA Cup competition due to the ongoing virus pandemic, have now confirmed the dates of the opening preliminary rounds.
It will all kick-off with the extra-preliminary round on tuesday 1st September 2020. The winners of those ties, will then join the rest of the clubs in the preliminary round due to be held on saturday 12th September 2020.
The winners of those ties, will then join other clubs from higher step leagues in the FA Cup 1st round qualifying round, which is due to be held on tuesday 22nd September 2020.
The concern will be for Basingstoke, is that Winklebury although psuhing to get the ground upto Grade D ground grading, will if drawn at home in either of the last two rounds, and subject to where Winchester City are drawn to play, will still have to play outside of Basingstoke.