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Maidstone fan invades pitch to swear and goad Steve Evans after FA Cup upset against Stevenage

A Maidstone United fan invades the pitch to swear and goad opposition manager Steve Evans after the FA Cup upset against Stevenage.

The supporter could be seen running in Steve Evans’ direction as the manager was making his way off the pitch come the final whistle.

But he ended up getting mocked by the pitch invader, who said “Yeah! Have that you f****** c***, f*** off” and “cheer up Stevie Evans! F*** off Evans!” while also making hand gestures while running in behind him.

Maidstone’s Sam Corne netted the only goal of the game in their FA Cup Second Round win against Barrow to get into the Third Round, and was on hand again as he scored to send the sixth tier side through, knocking out League One side Stevenage.

George Elokobi’s side have reached the Fourth Round for the first time in their history, thanks to Corne’s penalty after Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong was brought down by Louis Thompson.

Stevenage, who are 69 places above them, came close to an equaliser with Jamie Reid striking the bar, and Kane Hemmings also hitting the post on the rebound.

The result means the National League South club’s win have them in the fourth round for the first time since being reformed in 1992, while they become the first 6th tier side to reach that stage since Kidderminster Harriers did so in the 2021/22 campaign.

THE TEAMS (as per KentOnline)

Maidstone: Covolan, Hoyte, Fowler, Greenidge, Kyprianou, Bone, Corne, Berkeley-Agyepong (Appiah 48mins), Sole (Ezennolim 66mins), Wanjau-Smith (Brown 79mins), Reynolds. Subs not used: Earle, Court, Smith, Iandolo, Kelly.

Stevenage: Ashby-Hammond, Wildin, Piergianni, Forster-Caskey (Burns 46mins), Freeman (MacDonald 79mins), Roberts, Vancooten, Reid, L Thompson (B Thompson 46mins), Hemmings (List 79mins). Subs not used: Kyran, Mitchell, Anderson, Pressley.

Referee: Steve Martin.

Maidstone boss George Elokobi said to BBC Radio Kent: “If you’d been through what I’d been, in terms of my life when I was growing up in Cameroon, then you’ll understand where my resilience comes from,” he told BBC Radio Kent.

“I was backed by our owners. Some people might have thought they were crazy and there were some mixed emotions. Some people didn’t believe I could do it because I wasn’t the glamourous choice.

“I had people coming up and abusing me by the dugouts. I took it and it hurt, but what I wanted to do was restore pride at the football club and identity – and make sure we rebuild as a club.

“It was good to see after all the hurt that happened last season for our supporters, they deserve this today and they were incredible.”

Going into Monday’s fourth-round draw, Elokobi said it would be a dream to make the trip back to Molineux to face his former side Wolves – who must beat Brentford in a replay to make it through.

“There is a chance and if it happens, that is going to be the icing on the cake and I’m sure the Molineux is going to be rocking if it is away,” he added.

“Or if it is here at the Gallagher it would be an incredible day for the football club but whoever we draw in the fourth round, we deserve it and we will respect them and I’m sure they’re going to give us the respect, and the fans will come out in their numbers.

“Whoever we draw, it’s a privilege and a great time to be a Maidstone United player, fan, for the management team, owners and backroom staff. It is a historic day.”

Stevenage boss Steve Evans told BBC Three Counties Radio: “I’ve just been in the [Maidstone] dressing room. I’ve said they’ve been a credit to their football club and themselves and I hope they get their ample rewards in the draw, I really do.

“For us, I don’t think we gave enough respect on the pitch. Maidstone looked the better team than us in the first half.

“I don’t know if it was a penalty, it certainly looked it but I’ll have to watch it back. Then in the second half you give them something to hold on to and you cannot miss the simplest of chances you can imagine.

“The second half we can’t have that momentum, dominance and all those chances. I can’t believe we’ve missed four or five of them but we have and we’ve paid the price.

“We have to live with this now. We’ve been on the opposite end of it. We’ll get back to the training ground and forget about it.

“I’ve got no complaints about the officials today. If we had that level of official for the past 10 weeks we’d have a lot more points.”

Twitter users reacted after a Maidstone fan invades pitch to swear and goad Steve Evans after the FA Cup upset against Stevenage…

@JackRee46907065: Trying to run away as fast as he can

@SebCain: Cheer up Stevie Evans ✊🏻

@willcoxj_: That’s brilliant 😭😭😭😭

@gt_888_: He’s at full pace there

@OfficialC98: How red was Steve Evans face at full time?

@impsasone11: Nice one πŸ˜πŸ‘

@cafc95: Absolute class this πŸ˜‚

@United_Leeds7: Steve Evans left with Egg on his face πŸ˜‚ #FACup

@t9_9p: Imaging running on and filming yourself doing this πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Why have you not run in front of him

@BH_bfc: This game cost me 6k and after seeing this it doesn’t even bother me anymore 🀣

@sime1878: Great result for Maidstone earlier snd even sweeter that it was a Steve Evans on the receiving end of a big upset

@afcalyssa: Incredible!! Hopefully TV coverage in the next round

@Swansea_talk8: Hope for your sake you get a TV fixture against a top club you lot deserve it

@McCannRachel13: Cheered listening to the end of that on 5Live. Love the Magic of the Cup, from a Marine fan

@RedBlueAndy: So pleased for big George! Well done all. πŸ”΄πŸ”΅

@Liamnewell26: Congrats lads hopefully u get a good tie next round from a Stockport fan

@Kingwolf84: Congratulations!!! Now let’s have Wolves Vs Maidstone in the 4th Round so that Super Super George Elokobi can come say hello!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

@beckyellis7: Absolutely brilliant πŸ‘πŸ–€πŸ’› well done Maidstone, That game really should of been on TV hope your next round is πŸ™ from a Notts County fan πŸ–€πŸ€ x

@Nozzzaaaaa: Absolutely brilliant – big well done from a Reading FC supporter. Love it when an underdog goes through πŸ‘πŸ»

@NP18_: This is why I love the FA Cup for results like this. I hope you get a great tie in the next round 🀞πŸ”₯

@G_Rebel49: Congratulations! Doing the National League South proud β™₯οΈπŸ’›

@JJ1706: Well done lads so proud we gonna win the cup πŸ˜€

@robertholland_: Congratulations! Wish it had been televised. Hope you get a really good draw next round

@elliott9kev: Fucking amazing can’t believe it

@LofcTeresa: Congratulations @georgeelokobi and team! Delighted for you and hope you get a fantastic draw in the next round!!!

@Wolves689: Chuffed to bits for Big George!! Well done Maidstone!! Hopefully a tie in the next round will make sure the Club is financially sound!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»βš½οΈβš½οΈ

@johnny5emma1: I’m so so pleased for you all well done that’s made me so happy. Hope you are all doing well

@cameron42284423: This is massive. A lot of respect to the club. Always nice to see a team making the whole of non league proud! Hopefully a big draw.

@pow_m_pow: Well done lads. Let’s hope they actually put you on tv next time

@StephenRushton2: Well done Maidstone πŸ‘πŸ‘ Hopefully, the you won’t be ignored for the TV games next round

@Luke73072657: Well done lads! You should of been on tv would’ve much preferred to watch this over palace and Everton drawing 0-0

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