After the weekend’s defeat to Newport in the Vase it would’ve been easy to come away with nothing from this game.
However, Paul Quinn’s side are made of sterner stuff than that, showing the Derbyshire side no mercy as they systematically destroyed them in the opening 45 minutes.
Town almost took the lead after three minutes when Luke Gibson set up Tom Matthews but the forward shot narrowly over.
However, there was no such mistake in the 11th minute when Kieran Ryan sent Matthews through on goal, and although the home keeper did well to push him wide, the striker slipped the ball back to Ryan who found winger Ryan Hall at the back post, who calmly slotted home.
It was 2-0 minutes later when Matthews played a one-two with Ryan before going through on goal, but this time the league’s leading goalscorer made no mistake as he finished with aplomb.
Joe Mitchell was sent through by Gibson but when he chipped the keeper the ball didn’t have the legs and the ball was cleared off the line.
There was no mercy shown to a visibly shaken Long Eaton, when James Sutcliffe found Matthews and he slipped Ryan in on goal who smashed the ball past the stranded keeper on the half hour mark.
Town had further chances with Hall, Sam Hewitt and Matthews all going close but it remained 3-0 at the interval.
The second half was only two minutes old when Town struck again, the impressive Ryan finding Gibson and the winger slipped the ball to Hall who burst past the home defence before calmly side footing the ball beyond the stranded keeper.
Town’s back five of Sutcliffe, Tom Brown, Ben Charlesworth, Sam Hewitt and Tom Taylor limited the home side to a few half chances from distance while Town created further chances, with Ryan, captain James Hurtley, Gibson and Craig Billington all going close.
Quinn said after the game: “The lads bounced back superbly after the disappointment at the weekend, and it would have been easy for them to feel sorry for themselves.
“But this side is made up of sterner stuff than that.
“I asked them for a performance and they gave me it, and I’m happy with the result and the game.
“Three points at Winterton at the weekend is a must as we mean to push for the league title.”