The Non-League teams of the FA Cup third round

MAIDSTONE United’s 2-1 victory over Barrow secured their first FA Cup third round appearance since 1988.

The South East side, managed by former Wolves defender George Elokobi, sat 47 places bellow their opponents and had failed to win in their last four second round appearances.

In 1992 the Stones folded after long term financial difficulties, and resulted in the new club being founded.

In the third round Maidstone have been drawn at home against either Stevenage or Port Vale expected on January 6th.

Ben Austin, who is part of the Maidstone media team, believes the draw still leaves his side with the chance to qualify for the next round.

He said: “It is going to be an extremely tough game who ever we play.

“But certainly one we are looking forward too.

“Hopefully, there is the potential that we make it into the fourth round.”

Other teams through

For the first time in eight years, National League side Eastleigh are also through to the third round where they will face Barnet, after defeating financially troubled Reading.

Reading’s fans protested against owner Dai Yongge, by throwing tennis balls and fake money onto the pitch during the game.

The final Non-League team through to the third round are National League leaders Chesterfield, who have beaten Portsmouth in the first round of fixtures and Leyton Orient in the second, to set up a tie against Championship side Watford.