Westley tribute for Maidstone

“I am disappointed not to go through, but congratulations to Maidstone,” he said after the first-round replay.
“We gave away a poor goal at the start and left ourselves a lot to do to get back into the game. We were much better in the second half once we had got level.
“We got much tighter after the break and I felt we could go on and win. But just when it looked as if we might be having extra-time, they got the winner and there was not time to go again.”
Frannie Collin dedicated his match-winning goal to Maidstone’s long-suffering fans after they dumped League Two Stevenage out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory in their first-round replay.
Frannie Collin dedicated his match-winning goal to Maidstone’s long-suffering fans after their victory in the first-round replay.
Collin steered the Isthmian League side into the second round with early and late goals that sandwiched a Darius Charles strike.
Maidstone fans invaded the pitch at their Gallagher Stadium home and will now look forward to a tie with Wrexham.
“This is a fantastic moment for all those who fought so hard to bring professional football back to Maidstone,” said Collin.
“For 25 years Maidstone had no club until it was reformed three years ago and now look at us, we are in the second round of the FA Cup. I don’t think many of us believed this could happen so soon, but it has.
“We have had to work hard to get this far. We did well even to get a replay because Stevenage were on top for long periods at their place, but we dug in and overall I think over the two games we matched them.”
Maidstone manager Jay Saunders admitted there was an element of fortune about the winning strike – but insisted his team were value for their win over two ties.
“I think Stevenage will consider our winner offside and on another day it might not have counted. It looks as if we might have got away with it on this occasion but there were one or two decisions which went against us,” he said.
“When the club was being rebuilt by the owners, nights like this were a dream.”