Braintree Town were relegated at the weekend after one season back in the Vanarama National League.
The Iron made an immediate return to the National League South despite a 2-0 win over play-off-chasing Gateshead at home.
It will be no consolation at all for Braintree but the victory lifted them off the bottom of the table, with Maidstone United replacing them. Stones, however, are not yet mathematically down, by virtue of having a game in hand.
Maidstone have six games remaining but are 17 points adrift, with their relegation all but sealed.