Blues will look to take another step towards a third trip to Wembley in their 144-year history when they visit Greenwich Borough, on Saturday.
Stortford only need to win through six more ties to return to the home of football for the first time since 1981, but will need to avoid a potentially tricky game in the capital.
Saturday’s 1-0 home loss against Sevenoaks Town saw Greenwhich remain rooted third from bottom in the Bostik South East Division – the same league as Hythe Town, who Blues defeated in the previous round – with six points from ten games.
Borough reached the second qualifying round with 4-1 home victory against Egham Town before winning 4-2 at Mildenhall Town. Their exit from the FA Cup at the first stage certainly proved to be entertaining as they conceded four goals in the space of eight minutes to lose 7-3 at home against Lancing in front of a crowd of just 66.
Recent signings Ben Sampayo and Nick Brown are both cup-tied but former Heybridge Swifts pair Luke Callandar and Ryan Henshaw are available to joint bosses Steve Smith and Jamie Cureton.
Smith is looking to progress in the Trophy: “I know a couple of lads that are there it will be a tough game” he said.
“Forget league positions, it’s a cup game and we will have to go there with the right attitude. We will be doing our homework on them this week and go there Saturday looking to get a positive result.”