The Maidenhead Advertiser report that Alan Devonshire claimed he wasn’t fussed by Maidenhead United’s exit from the FA Trophy this week, with his focus now firmly on Tuesday’s (January 15) relegation six-pointer at Maidstone United.

The Magpies might have been visiting the Stones a little earlier, had they come through Tuesday’s rescheduled first round clash against Oxford City, but the National League South side claimed a 2-1 win after extra-time to knock them out of the competition.

It is the Hoops, rather than the Magpies, who’ll take on the Stones in the second round on Saturday.

Defeat will have checked some of the confidence and optimism built up by Saturday’s crucial 1-0 win at Gateshead, but seven points from 12 over the Christmas and New Year period is still a healthy return, and similar form between now and May will surely see the Magpies retain their National League place.

Devonshire said: “Listen, I’m not fussed about the FA Trophy game. It’s gone now.

“We’re now looking to Tuesday and our game at Maidstone. They’ve been signing a few players and will want to stay up just as much as we do.

“It’s a tough game but they’re all tough now. I thought we dominated the (Trophy) game for 60 minutes and were quite comfortable.”

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