Scholars impress in FA Cup and Vase


Well done to the SEFA Scholars who were involved in FA Cup and FA Vase action this weekend.

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Aaron Simpson represented Maidstone United in the Second Round of the FA Cup while Jack Goldsmith played for Tunbridge Wells in the last 64 of the FA Vase.


Simmo started for the Stones as they went down by three goals to one at Conference giants Wrexham. After a valiant performance, Simmo was sent off in the second half for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity after an unfortunate tangle of legs with Wes York.


“Simmo and the rest of the Maidstone United team have had an amazing run” said Lee Spiller.


“Aaron has been an integral part of Maidstone’s run which all involved with the club would agree has been their greatest achievement since reforming.


“He played unbelievably in the win against Stevenage and did superbly against Wrexham.


“The sending off was one of those things. As a very quick full back Aaron will be put in this situation many times in the coming years. Aaron tried to effect the game and unfortunately in this case a penalty was given.


“In the long run all the experiences from this cup run – good and bad – will be massive for Simmo’s development as a player. The support he has received from the Maidstone players and fans is a testament to how well he has played for the club this season.”

Meanwhile Jack Goldsmith played 70 minutes for Tunbridge Wells as they beat Porchester 1-0 to reach the last 32 of the FA Vase.


SEFA coach and Tunbridge Wells veteran Lee Radford: “Having seen Jack train at SEFA over the last 18 months and Tunbridge Wells over the last few months I am really pleased for him finding his feet at Tunbridge Wells.


“He has consistently been in the first team squad and his confidence has risen week on week.


“Jack played 70 minutes in a massive game on Saturday and it was great to see him put in a performance that had such a high level of quality and maturity.”