Conference clubs have rejected the idea of using 3G pitches in first team matches at today's EGM in Telford.
Just 11 votes of the 32 available voted in favour of the use of plastic pitches, with each Conference Premier club getting one vote and the North and South divisions getting a four vote block each.
The matter was on the agenda with Maidstone on course for promotion from the Ryman Premier. The reformed side, who exited the Football League through bankruptcy in 1992, have a 3G surface at their Gallagher Stadium home and are currently one point behind leaders Dulwich Hamlet.
Meanwhile, the Conference have signed a media distribution deal with At The Races subsidiary Sports Mediastream. The deal will see the live BT Sport matches available worldwide, predominantly aimed at the betting industry, with ATR currently holding content deals for UK sport in 30 different countries.
The agreement will also see Conference highlights and archive footage used on ATR's UK channel in betting previews.