MAIDENHEAD United made history at York Road by beating Conference opposition in the FA Cup for the first time on Saturday.

The opponents were esteemed giantkillers Woking, but the boot was very much on the other foot as the Magpies ran out 3-0 winners.

They never looked back from taking an early lead through Kieran Forbes to secure a place in the first round proper for the first time in four years.

Their reward is a mouth-watering first round tie away at League One club Port Vale on Sunday, November 8 (3pm).

Former Burnham ace Harry Pritchard scored the second goal in the win, and set up the third for Dave Tarpey.

He told how Maidenhead boss Alan Devonshire always backed his team to beat Woking, who have since made their entire squad available for loan.

Pritchard, 23, told the Observer: “Alan has always got confidence in the team that he sends out and that’s always good to have.

“He installed confidence throughout the group and everyone in the team believed in themselves.

“We said before the game that Woking were quite vulnerable after they had won just once in seven matches. We knew that had a few injuries and that their goalkeeper had not been training all week.

“We knew that we had to work hard together and get our shots away early on. We had to attack and then sit back in defence, hitting them on the counter-attack.

“Though we were one-up, we were under the cosh early on, but I don’t think anyone had a bad game.

“It was a hard match but everyone in the team put in 120 per-cent. We defended well and deserved to win over the 90 minutes.

“For a few of us it was our first time this far in the FA Cup and to beat the likes of Woking was amazing.”

He added: “I hadn’t scored this season but played quite well and assisted with a few goals.

“There was a bit of banter in the changing room that I hadn’t scored yet, so to do it feels like a weight off my shoulders.

“I’ve been at Maidenhead for almost four years now and that was one of the best atmospheres I’ve played in.

“It’s definitely the best I’ve seen in terms of numbers and the noise our supporters made.”

Looking ahead to the first round tie, the left winger said: “Obviously it’s amazing to be in the first round.

“All the boys said they would like a League One side away and we’re certainly not going to role over. We will work hard and put a performance in.

“We’re definitely going to be the underdogs and I can’t see us winning, but upsets do happen in the FA cup.

“This will be the first time I’ve played in round one and the game will be a great experience as well.”