The FA Cup - First Round
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Cheltenham Town 2-4 Maidstone United

National League side Maidstone pulled off a shock in the FA Cup first round with a convincing victory at League Two Cheltenham.

Delano Sam-Yorke headed the visitors in front, Joe Pigott added a second from close range a minute later and Zavon Hines struck to make it 3-0.

Kevin Dawson's header reduced the deficit before Sam-Yorke struck again and Alex Finney's own goal made it 4-2.

Dawson and Sam-Yorke both received straight red cards for fouls.

After Sam-Yorke had put them in front, a giant-killing by Maidstone never looked in doubt as they raced to a 3-0 lead at the break.

But, having scored his second and United's fourth of the afternoon, the striker was sent off soon after for a foul on Mohamed Eisa.

A rebounded shot then struck Finney before falling into the net to reduce the deficit but Cheltenham's hopes of a comeback with a one-man advantage were soon dashed when Dawson was sent off for a lunge at Lee Worgan.

Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I know the lads don't go out there purposely not to try.

"It was just very, very poor defending, and we couldn't score on our chances.

"Three-nil down at half-time is a mountain to come back, but funnily enough we had enough chances to get it back.

"We didn't have the quality to stick the ball in the net when we needed to."

Maidstone manager Jay Saunders told BBC Radio Kent:

"I thought all over the park we were excellent today and even when we went down to 10 men we dug deep.

"That's what you've got to do and to come away from home anywhere and score four goals is great.

"To do it at a League Two club speaks volumes about the performance the boys put in."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 24Flinders
  • 11Winchester
  • 2Grimes
  • 28MooreSubstituted forBoyleat 31'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Cranston
  • 8DawsonBooked at 79mins
  • 7PellBooked at 45mins
  • 4StorerSubstituted forWrightat 32'minutes
  • 25MorrellSubstituted forSellarsat 62'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 20Eisa
  • 21Graham

Substitutes

  • 1Flatt
  • 9Wright
  • 14O'Shaughnessy
  • 15Boyle
  • 17Sellars
  • 18Bower
  • 27Hinds

Maidstone United

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Worgan
  • 16Ofori-TwumasiBooked at 41minsSubstituted forOkuonghaeat 56'minutes
  • 5Wynter
  • 3Finney
  • 13Anderson
  • 8LewisBooked at 35mins
  • 4Prestedge
  • 14ReasonSubstituted forWraightat 81'minutes
  • 27Hines
  • 32PigottSubstituted forLozaat 84'minutes
  • 9Sam-YorkeBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 6Okuonghae
  • 7Loza
  • 11Wraight
  • 12Muldoon
  • 20Taylor
  • 21Phipps
  • 22ter Horst
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
2,799

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamMaidstone United
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home21
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Maidstone United 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 2, Maidstone United 4.

  3. Booking

    William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by William Boyle (Cheltenham Town).

  5. Post update

    Zavon Hines (Maidstone United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Maidstone United. Conceded by Jamie Grimes.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Maidstone United. Conceded by Scott Flinders.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Zavon Hines (Maidstone United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Maidstone United. Conceded by William Boyle.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Wraight (Maidstone United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Grimes (Cheltenham Town).

  13. Post update

    Jamar Loza (Maidstone United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Brian Graham (Cheltenham Town).

  15. Post update

    Zavon Hines (Maidstone United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Reece Prestedge.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Maidstone United. Jamar Loza replaces Joe Pigott.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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