Stones Stun As Teams Catch Fire In The Freeze

By Sam Elliott

The action was red hot in the freezing conditions as one National League club confirmed their third round place - as another big back to force their way into Sunday’s draw.

Maidstone United will play in the competition in January for the first time since 1988 after they came from behind the stun Barrow.

Goals from Sam Corne and Bivish Gurung left the National League South Stones in dreamland - and praying for a huge club next.

Barnet will fancy their chances of finishing off Newport County. They meet again at the Hive after Danny Collinge forced a replay. Alfreton and Walsall will try again after their game was postponed.

The cold really hit the National League programme but Bromley took advantage of the lack of action.

They beat Rochdale 1-0 thanks to Olufela Olomola’s goal ten minutes from time.

Kidderminster defeated Ebbsfleet United in the big one down the bottom - Ashley Hemmings’ double in first half time added on caused chaos.

Maidenhead United punished Oxford City with a deadly first half. Sam Barratt scored twice with Reece Smith and Sam Beckwith also on target in their 4-1 away win.

With the National League South top two in FA Cup action, the chasers couldn’t turn up the heat.

Aveley succumbed to Farnborough’s fantastic fightback - Selim Saied keeping his composure to earn a 4-3 win against the odds.

Bath City we’re bruised by ten man Chelmsford as Freddie Hockey’s double threw a spanner in the works, 3-2 it ended in Somerset.

Havant & Waterlooville reacted to Steve King’s exit with their first win since August. Kieran Phillips two goals earned a 4-3 win over Dover Athletic.

Brad Ash got Torquay’s winner at home to Tonbridge as Reuben Ried hit two as Weston-super-Mare won 4-2 against Welling United.

Ruaridh Donaldson scored twice as Hampton beat Hemel Hempstead 2-1 as the Beavers climb to second. Elsewhere there were wins for Truro City and Worthing.

Just three National League North games survived.

Scunthorpe United were glad theirs did - a 5-1 with at Hereford sent them top.

In for Jacob Butterfield got two and Callum Roberts scored again as the Iron showed their class.

Brackley Town are up to fourth after striking early against Boston United. Efforts inside the first 15 minutes from Zak Lilley and Morgan Roberts helped flatten the Pilgrims.

The sending off of Sonny Singh proved pivotal as Blyth Spartans left Rushall Olympic 3-1 winners. Goals from Mikael Njdoli, Will McGowan and Cedric Main turned the game on its head.

Where next?

Draw For The FA Cup Third Round Made As Upsets Continue The draw for the FA Cup third round has been made as National League clubs discover their fate after more upsets today.
Who Will Up Turn Up The Temperature As The Freeze Arrives? The temperatures are plummeting but there’s a chance to up the heat with a number of sides otherwise engaged this weekend.

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