FA Cup round-up
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Cobblers are struggling at the wrong end of the Division Three table and The Millers were expected to book their place against United after drawing at Sixfields.
Things looked good for Ronnie Moore's side when they took the lead on 19 minutes. Paul Hurst lit up Millmoor with a superb free-kick but they were unable to kill off plucky Northampton.
Loan star Richard Walker made Rotherham pay when heading home Martin Smith's set-piece ten minutes before the interval.
Smith then took it upon himself to set up a clash with The Red Devils by netting on 54 minutes.
Wimbledon are having a torrid time in the league but they set aside their troubles to snatch a superb win at Stoke.
The Dons have been forced to sell key players due to financial troubles but it would appear the squad have taken on a siege mentality as Adam Nowland's fine free-kick shortly after the half-hour mark clinched victory to set up a lucrative trip to Birmingham.
Scunthorpe booked their place in the fourth round with a superb victory over Barnsley.
Steve Torpey gave The Iron the lead on 14 minutes and the home side withstood some heavy Barnsley pressure before a superb goal 15 minutes from time sealed the win.
Jamie McCombe vindicated Brian Laws' decision to bring him on with an exquisite curling effort from the edge of the box which left Sasa Ilic with no chance.
Scunthorpe have produced some superb play in the FA Cup this term but they will have to raise their game again if they are to take the scalp of Portsmouth in the next round.
Preston proved they can play without Ricardo Fuller by running out 2-1 winners at Reading.
The highly-rated Fuller failed a late fitness test but it mattered little as The Lilywhites were too good for The Royals.
Richard Cresswell set the ball rolling with an expert finish on 28 minutes and the victory was secured when George Koumantarakis capitalised on some shoddy Reading defending to bundle home on 47 minutes.
Shaun Goater set up a frantic final five minutes when cutting the deficit but Preston held firm to set up a trip to Swansea.
Accrington Stanley's superb run in the competition was ended at Colchester.
The league side did just enough to hold off their rivals in a bad tempered affair at Whaddon Road.
Joey Keith scored goals at the start and end of the match for Colchester, but Paul Mullin ensured a tense finish with an 89th-minute effort for Accrington but it was too little, too late.
The game, though, will be remembered for a number of off-the-field incidents as Accrington manager John Coleman was left fuming at a number of incidents during the match.
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