Ex Hungerford striker leading Maidstone United’s FA Cup fairytale

Sol Wanjau-Smith Photo: Jeff Youd.
Sol Wanjau-Smith Photo: Jeff Youd.

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Maidstone United are this years non-league FA Cup ‘fairytale’ after beating Stevenage 1-0 to reach the Fourth Round on Saturday.

The Vanarama National League South side – often mistaken for our own Maidenhead United – are lead by former Wolves defender George Elokobi and have a name leading the line that will be familiar to seasoned Berkshire football watchers.

Sol Wanjau-Smith lead the line for the Kent side before he was substituted in the 79th minute following a ‘worked his socks off’ performance.

Wanjau-Smith was a breakout star for Hungerford Town as the West Berkshire side punched above their weight during the 21/22 season alongside Ryan Seager.

The forward was a real find for manager Danny Robinson having joined the club, stepping up from Slimbridge where he was top scorer having previously played for Bristol based Hellenic League Cribbs.

Following the win, Wanjau-Smith wrote on Twitter: “I love this club. From playing in the extra preliminary round for Cribbs, to now being in the 4th round. What a competition!

Maidstone began this seasons FA Cup in the Second Qualifying Round where they beat Steyning Town. The Fourth Round tie will be their seventh in this seasons competition.

Related: Connor Hall: From Binfield to Chorley FA Cup hero

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