Watford have been drawn at home to Chesterfield in the Third Round of the FA Cup.

The Spirerites beat Leyton Orient 1-0 this afternoon in their Second Round tie at The SMH Group Stadium.

An own goal from Orient's Brandon Cooper five minutes before the break decided the tie.

Chesterfield are currently top of the National League and eight points clear - in the First Round of the FA Cup they beat Portsmouth 1-0.

Today's victory means they have won 19 of their 23 league and cup games this season.

The last time Watford played Chesterfield was a 1-0 away win in January 1998 when Gifton Noel-Williams scored the only goal in a game in what is now League One.

Chesterfield's last visit to Vicarage Road was earlier that season on September 13, 1997, when goals from Ronny Rosenthal and Jason Lee saw Watford win 2-1.

Watford's Academy Director Richard Johnson played in both those two games in the 1997/98 season.

The Third Round will take place on the weekend of Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 of January, with dates for games confirmed once broadcasters have selected the fixtures that will be shown live.

By being drawn at home, Watford have avoided needing to play five away games in the month of January, although they may still face four league games on the road at Plymouth (January 1), QPR (January 13), Bristol City (January 20) and Sheffield Wednesday (January 27).

However, because the Fourth Round is scheduled for the weekend of January 27, should the Hornets progress then their cup tie will take place that weekend and the trip to Hillsborough will be moved.

Watford have not won in the Third Round since 2019, the year they went on to reach the final at Wembley.

That year they beat non-league Working 2-0 in the Third Round with goals from Will Hughes and Troy Deeney.

Since then they have lost to Tranmere (2-1 away in a replay after a 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road), Manchester United (1-0 away), Leicester City (4-1 away) and then last season Reading (2-0 away).

The Watford goalscorer in the defeat at Tranmere in the replay was Kaylen Hinds – it was only his only appearance and goal for the club.

The former Arsenal youth team striker had a spell at Stevenage and even spent a season with Wolfsburg before joining the Hornets. He went on to play for Aldershot, Welling and Hemel Hempstead Town.

The Fourth Round matches are on the weekend of January 27, with the Fifth Round games being played in midweek, week commencing Monday February 26.