Barrowby Vets 0
Cromford Vets 3
Cromford made the 100-mile round trip worthwhile with a determined performance and a good win at Barrowby.
Both teams struggled with the bobbly pitch but it was Cromford who settled the quicker and they used the width to good effect with Blackburn on the left and Nelson on the right putting good balls into Hoe and Bullen. Hoe did find the net but was adjudged to be marginally offside.
Castle and Ford in the middle battled for everything and won good possession. Barrowby had their chances but, apart from one rugby ball-type bounce, Phil Boam was rarely troubled, Cromford forced a number of corners but could not make the breakthrough.
The second half saw Richard Austin join the fray for the first time this season and his crosses in from the left caused problems for the home defence. However, it was from the other flank that Cromford made their breakthrough. Nelson set off on a surging run, played a one-two with Hoe and buried his drive into the bottom corner.
This was the fillip Cromford needed and, within ten minutes, they were 2-0 up. This time, Hoe was the scorer, his drive into the same corner giving the keeper no chance.
Bullen went on to seal the win with a brave effort that should have been the keeper’s ball. The next round of the cup sees Cromford away again, this time at Church Warsop, December 11, but they entertain Heanor Town next Sunday on the Meadows.