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Non-league Maidstone create FA Cup history to reach fourth round

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Maidstone United reached the FA Cup fourth round for the first time in their history and are joined by National League Eastleigh after their win. However, there was heartbreak for National League leaders Chesterfield, who led at Watford for much of the game before being denied by a stoppage-time strike from Tom Dele-Bashiru. In addition, Premier League sides also survived potentially difficult away trips to confirm their places in the fourth round.

Impressive Win for Maidstone United

Sixth-tier Maidstone United clinched a stirring win over League One Stevenage at the Gallagher Stadium, securing a place in the FA Cup fourth round for the first time in their history. Sam Corne’s penalty just before half-time proved to be the deciding factor, as Steve Evans’ men were unable to find an equalizer.

National League Eastleigh’s Draw with Newport County

National League Eastleigh secured a place in the fourth round draw after a Chris Maguire penalty sealed a 1-1 draw with Newport County at Rodney Parade. The visitors were reduced to 10 men when George Langston was sent off shortly before half-time, but Maguire’s late spot-kick canceled out James Clarke’s opener to secure a replay.

Heartbreak for Chesterfield

National League leaders Chesterfield led at Watford for much of the game before being denied by a stoppage-time strike from Tom Dele-Bashiru. Despite Joe Quigley’s 28th-minute header evoking memories of their famous run to the 1997 semi-finals, Mileta Rajovic came off the bench to level and Dele-Bashiru struck in the fifth minute of added time to deny Chesterfield a second chance.

Premier League Sides Progress

Four Premier League sides – Newcastle, Sheffield United, Bournemouth, and Brighton – also secured their places in the fourth round with professional wins. Newcastle managed a 3-0 win at Sunderland, Sheffield United sealed a 4-0 win at Gillingham, Bournemouth fought back from two goals down to defeat QPR 3-2, and Brighton secured a 4-2 win at Stoke.

Other Results

Other notable results include Ipswich’s 3-1 win at League Two Wimbledon, Southampton’s 4-0 win over Walsall, Blackburn’s 5-2 win over Cambridge FC, Leicester’s win over Millwall 3-2, and Coventry’s 6-2 win at Oxford. Additionally, new Plymouth manager Ian Foster began his reign with a 3-1 win over Sutton United, while Norwich were pegged back to a 1-1 draw by Bristol Rovers and Birmingham faced a 1-1 draw with Hull at the MKM Stadium.