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FA Cup vs. Welling 2014

FA Cup – the fourth round qualifiers

This weekend sees the Stones play Billericay Town in the fourth round qualifying of the Emirates FA Cup.

Jay Saunders side will be aiming to make it three seasons out of three for first round appearances.

Ahead of Saturday’s game, here’s a reminder of the previous two matches that secured Maidstone’s place in the draw.

2014/15 season

In front of a capacity crowd at the Gallagher Stadium, a then Ryman Premier Maidstone United beat Conference side Welling United 2-1.

The Stones took the lead after just four minutes. Alex Flisher hurled the ball into the box and it came back out to Matt Bodkin who then returned it to Flisher and he quickly whipped in an inviting cross which was met by Jack Parkinson and his header flew into the net.

A second goal came seven minutes into the second half. Tom Mills picked up possession and drove at the Welling defence before he unselfishly squared the ball to Frannie Collin who took a touch and then blasted in what was then his 14th goal of the season.

Within sixty seconds, Welling halved the deficit. Jake Gallagher managed to get in behind the Maidstone defence and he apparently pushed the ball over the line using his arm.

After a nervous half hour plus stoppage, the ref blew for full time and the Stones were in the draw for the first round for the first time since reforming.

2015/16 season

Goals from Jay May and Bobby-Joe Taylor saw Maidstone United condemn a dogged Chippenham Town to their first home defeat of the season.

The hosts kept the Stones at bay until the 40th minute. Alex Osborne was chopped down just inside the area by defender Scott Bevan and May stepped up to take the resultant penalty, which he confidently rolled into the bottom right hand corner.

Chippenham did their best to get back into the game but their hopes were dashed when they went down to ten men – not because of a red card but Conor McCormack was taken injured after all three substitutions had been made.

Nerves jangled as seven minutes of added time were announced but these were eventually calmed when Bobby-Joe Taylor went on a run that seemed to last for eternity as he twisted and turned in the box before he finally fired a neat finish past the stranded Kauppinen.

  • Can the Stones make it three out of three? Find out by getting yourself down to the Gallagher to cheer on the team. Gates open at 12:30, ahead of kick off at 15:00. It’s an all-pay fixture and tickets are available on the turnstiles. A number of main stand seat transfers, priced at £2 each, will also be on sale from the stand.

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