PETER Griffin believes that Maidenhead United can be proud of their achievements after a memorable run in the FA Cup this season.

Having beaten Winchester City, Blackfield & Langley and rivals Woking in the qualifying rounds, The Magpies drew Port Vale in the first round proper.

Maidenhead recovered from falling a goal behind to stun Port Vale with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw two weeks ago.

Their reward was a money-spinning replay against the League One club at a sold out York Road, which was screened live by BT Sports.

Maidenhead were beaten 3-1 last Thursday, but supporters of the valiant Magpies will forever remember their side’s heroics, which has earned the club well over £60,000 in prize money and TV rights.

United Chairman Griffin told the Observer: “Whenever you go out of the cup you don’t want to but we did really well and can hold our heads very high.

“There is 60-odd places in the Football League pyramid between the two teams and in the end that showed, but we ran them close and Port Vale were very happy to get through.

“The ovation and guard of honour the Port Vale team gave our players was fantastic and really well deserved, so I am delighted overall really.

“We were all delighted to host a game like this and for it to go so smoothly on and off the pitch. We had a full house and everything couldn’t have gone better.

“We’ve made some really good money out of this and hopefully won a few more fans.

“A cup run is great and we’ve really enjoyed it. You don’t want to go out, but we have done all we can and gave it a good shot.

“The supporters were amazing, just like they were in the away game and against Woking. We have a really decent fan base here.

“I know Alan Devonshire [manager] says it’s one of the main reasons he came back to club and we’ve really captured that. On and off the pitch we’re doing really well.

“We go into the FA Cup knowing we’re not going to win it, but we had a good run and it’s onwards and upwards from here.”

SEE Friday's Observer for our four-page Maidenhead United FA Cup special.