Aldershot met Middlesbrough for the first time in the FA Cup - but it wasn't a happy meeting for the Hampshire side.
Crawley had reached the 5th round in the last two seasons & they made the perfect start at the Broadfield Stadium with Nicky Adams' strike.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray paid tribute to non-league Hastings United after his side were forced to survive a few scares.
Hastings United failed to make history again, after being forced out of the FA Cup Third Round by Middlesbrough.
Nicky Adam's goal for Crawley was not enough for an FA Cup giant killing this time. Reading took the win, with goals from Le Fondre - who also scored a penalty - and Hunt.
For the second successive year Brighton had dumped Newcastle out of the FA Cup with goals from Andrea Orlandi and Will Hoskins humbling their Premier League opponents.
– Manager, Gus Poyet
We had a great opportunity because of the players that were missing to beat a Premier League team. What a team you could make up of the players they had missing, but it was more up to us than the opposition. We deserve it because of the way we played. We were the better team. Orlandi's opener was exceptional with the Spaniard capitalising on Wayne Bridge's determination in chasing down a seemingly lost cause by producing an exquisite touch, turn and shot.
– Manager, Gus Poyet
Andrea's finish by itself was enough for people who paid for a ticket. That was perfection, you don't see it week-in week-out anywhere. You want to see something different and that was spectacular. The timing of the goal was good.
It's the third round of the FA Cup today and the biggest match is a David and Goliath encounter between non-league Hastings United and Middlesborough. Andy Dickenson was up with the birds this morning to meet the hundreds of supporters heading north.
Brighton have beaten Newcastle 2-0 at the AMEX in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Full coverage of today's matches tonight on ITV1. Match report to follow. More info now at www.itv.com/sport/football.
Brighton and Hove Albion's Andrea Orlandi scores his sides first goal during the FA Cup Third round match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.
Reading: Federici, Cummings, Harte (c), Morrison, Pearce, Karacan, Tabb, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Hunt, Le Fondre #readingfc
Saints team: Boruc, Cork, Fonte (c), Yoshida, Shaw, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Ward-Prowse, Puncheon, Rodriguez, Guly. #saintsfc
Town: Foderingham; N Thompson, Devera, Ward, McCormack (C); Ritchie, Hollands, Ferry, Roberts; Williams, Collins #STFC
Andrea Orlandi scores for Brighton at the AMEX.
Newcastle made five changes for today's FA Cup third round tie at Brighton, omitting striker Papiss Cisse from the squad altogether.
Rob Elliot started in goal and Shola Ameobi was named captain in a weakened team that demonstrated manager Alan Pardew's priority was the Barclays Premier League. Brighton named winger Will Buckley, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury, on the bench