The Blues took on Dronfield Town in the second round of the Derbyshire County FA Senior Cup and earned a tie against League Two side Chesterfield thanks to a single goal.
The visitors to the Grange were identically placed (16th) to Long Eaton but were a division lower, so hopes of recreating a high scoring encounter were high.
The hosts soon made their authority known, with Blaine Hancock firing home after the Dronfield defence failed to clear their lines from a long throw. If the fans in the ‘Big Jim stand’ were thinking of an easy ride they were mistaken.
The visitors squandered a host of chances, the most notable being from Nick Worsbield, who somehow failed to find the back of the net as the Blues’ defence was breached and the goalkeeper left stranded.
The second half proved no less of a tense affair, with the visitors refusing to roll over. Playmaker Danny Wood made many a dangerous run and the hosts were on the back foot for long periods.
Moments from the end, the frustration of Richard Carnall boiled over as he made another rash challenge and received two yellow cards. With the one-man advantage, the Blues closed out the game comfortably, but left manager Charlie Palmer pondering his side’s desire to kill games.
Last Tuesday, Long Eaton took on Worksop Parramore.
The game was a topsy turvy encounter with both sides close to taking a lead.
Going into the break Charlie Palmer was happy with his team’s showing and his upbeat mentality continued until five minutes from time when the wheels fell off for the visitors. The penetrator of Long Eaton’s defence was to Sam Smith, who broke the deadlock as the ball fell kindly to him from a deflected shot in the 85th minute.
The second of Smith’s golden game was added moments later as he slid in from the back post to double the lead. The youngster completed his hat-trick through the penalty spot as Long Eaton’s misery continued. Long Eaton face fourth placed side Retford United away this Saturday.