Pickering Town 0
Long Eaton United 3
Long Eaton continued their fine away form by firing three second-half goals against tenth-placed Pickering Town to make a stamp of authority on their close rivals.
Heading into Saturday’s game, Long Eaton were keen to show no ill effects from the exit of key striker Matt Savage and remind fans just how good they could be without him.
Playing in wet and windy conditions, the weather was to play an important factor in the affair.
Long Eaton started with the wind on their backs and would have wanted to hammer home their advantage, although neither side’s natural style of passing play was conducive to the pitch and chances where hard to come by in the first-half.
Going into the second period some of the away support would have been questioning the Savage exit as Long Eaton failed to break the deadlock.
The second-half proved a different story; Long Eaton facing the raging wind battled hard and got their just rewards on the 58th minute mark.
Luke Shaw, playing in his preferred left wing role, played a silky one-two with new striker Scott James and guided a pass to Blaine Hancock who placed the ball into the gaping net.
Smelling blood, United pounced on their opposition and their lead doubled 11 minutes later, this time from a free-kick. The ball was whipped in dangerously and a scramble for the ball ensued before it eventually fell to the grateful Gerome Palmer who fired home.
The rout was completed six minutes later as substitute striker Justin Jenkins was played through and flicked the ball past the oncoming goalkeeper only to be brought down.
The referee pointed to the spot and Micheal Armstrong converted to send Long Eaton home with three points.
Meanwhile, Savage has signed for local rivals Heanor Town , and he departed Grange Park by thanking the club for his season-and-a-half there and wished them well, also adding he is relishing facing up to his former club on February 22.
Long Eaton, sitting in 14th place, hosted Staveley MW last night (Wednesday) then travel to Parkgate on Saturday.
Report by Adam Slater