Maidstone United 1-0 Stevenage: Sixth-tier Stones stun League One side to reach FA Cup fourth round

6 January 2024 0 By Total Football News
Maidstone United celebrate Sam Corne's penalty against StevenageMaidstone United’s Sam Corne (right) also scored in their FA Cup second-round win against Barrow to help send them through to the third-round stage for the first time

Sixth-tier Maidstone United pulled off a shock to knock League One side Stevenage out of the FA Cup to reach the fourth round for the first time in their history.

Sam Corne sent Maidstone ahead from the spot late in the first half after Louis Thompson brought down Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong.

Stevenage should have levelled after the break when Jamie Reid hit the bar, with Kane Hemmings hitting the post on the rebound.

The visitors pressured but could not find an equaliser as Corne’s penalty wrapped up a stunning win for George Elokobi’s side.

Maidstone came into the match fourth in the National League South table, 10 points behind leaders Yeovil Town, but had pulled off another league scalp as they beat Barrow in the second round.

Their victory against Stevenage means they reach the fourth round for the first time since their reformation in 1992 and are the first sixth-tier side to reach that stage since Kidderminster Harriers in 2021-22 – and it took an inspired performance against the League One promotion-chasers.

Corne had earlier linked up with Lamar Reynolds, who headed straight at visiting keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond, before the pair combined on the half-hour mark with Reynolds scuffing another effort.

Such was Corne’s threat that he almost doubled his, and the home side’s, tally just after the break when Carl Piergianni was forced to clear his effort off the line.

Stevenage hit back soon after, however, as Piergianni had an effort of his own cleared off the line when he got his head on to Ben Thompson’s corner.

Hemmings led Stevenage’s second-half revival and he was denied an equaliser by a fine save from Stones keeper Lucas Covolan, with Reid and Hemmings both hitting the woodwork.

Steve Evans’ side did not see their late dominance rewarded however, with former Wolves defender Elokobi masterminding an impressive defensive effort to keep out a side ranked 69 league places above them and seal their place in Monday’s draw.

Second Half ends, Maidstone United 1, Stevenage 0.