The Football Association has announced it will scrap FA Cup replays from the fifth round stage a year earlier than planned.

The move will come in to effect from this season after being agreed by the Professional Game Board.

Rovers, Burnley and Stanley are all still in the competition, having drawn Newcastle, Barnsley and Ipswich Town respectively, with third round ties set to be played over the weekend of January 5.

The move to scrap replays, which was set to be implemented from 2019, has been introduced early to alleviate fixture congestion, with six Premier League clubs qualifying for the knockout stages of European competitions and UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League ties.

A midweek round of Premier League fixtures are also scheduled in latter February and March.

This season’s fifth round will remain as originally scheduled on the weekend of 16/17 February, moving to midweek in 2019/20, with no replays, as part of the mid-season player break agreed by The FA, Premier League and EFL in June.

The prize fund for the competition was doubled at the beginning of the season and for this season only, should a fifth round tie end in a draw after 90 minutes, the prize fund payment for that fixture (£360,000_ will be split.

Seventy-five per cent will be allocated to the eventual winner of the tie and 25 per cent allocated to the loser.