Long Eaton had to sustain a second half onslaught from Loughborough University to claim three points at Grange Park on Saturday.
But the first half of the 2-1 victory was very much in the Blues favour.
Aaron Cole and Brad Wells down the left worked well together and new signing Isaac Minott up front caused all sorts of problems.
It was the visitors however who had the first attempt in the fourth minute, but having been closed down the striker scuffed his shot a few feet wide.
From then it was all Blues as the hosts dominated.
Wells went close, firing just over from just outside the box and moments later Cole cut inside to hit over.
United opened the scoring in the 17th minute when a brilliant cross by Cole was diverted into the net by a Loughborough defender.
The hosts almost doubled their lead when, straight from the restart, Minott was put through by Parker and he shot goalwards, the goalkeeper saving well.
It was no suprise when the Blues added to the first goal, a long ball down the middle allowing Minott to head past a defender, then the keeper, who clattered the striker as the ball found the net.
With the referee looking at his watch at the end of the first half there was a breakaway by Loughborough and a great cross saw Matt Herbett convert.
The second half was almost an exact opposite of the first, Loughborough rejunivated and putting pressure on the hosts’ goal from the restart.
It was all Boro and the Blues were pinned back into their own half for lenghty spells.
Two shots on the visiting goal saw some respite ,as Well went close with the keeper palming the ball over from a great shot.
Loughborough, who were coming off the back of two straight wins look good money to equalise but it was the Blues, despite all the students’ pressure, who went closest.
Cooper-Richards hit the bar with just a few minutes remaining.
At the full-time whistle there was a big sigh of relief, after a resurgent Loughborough side pushed United all the way to the end.
Big games coming up next for United, they travel to Sporting Khalsa in midweek before visiting now league leaders Hereford and then hosting Heanor in a derby.