THE Motormen showed on Saturday how far they have progressed under Owen Brown over the past couple of weeks, earning a hard-fought draw at North Street, where they had been thrashed 5-1 in the league a fortnight earlier.
Their big-spending Derbyshire hosts are undefeated at home this season and currently lie fourth in the Premier Division, but Vauxhall held out to force a replay.
Brown said: 'We showed a lot of character and commitment, but we're not celebrating as the job is only half-done.
'I was delighted that Robbie Lawton grabbed his second goal of the week because I'd made the decision to move him inside from the wing to central midfield.
'Robbie is a great striker of the ball but I felt that he wasn't getting as many opportunities as we would have liked when operating wide.'
Playing conditions were not ideal, especially in the first half, and a combination of the swirling wind and Alfreton's sloping pitch almost fashioned a goal for Vauxhall in the opening minute.
A kick by keeper Mike Kinsella bounced in Alfreton's penalty area and the onrushing Paul Robertson flashed a shot across Lee Butler's goal from the inside left.
But the hosts responded strongly and looked dangerous from set pieces as Michael Godber twice went close, shooting just wide from Christopher Bettney's left-wing cross and then scuffing a shot from Mark Blount's deflected pass.
Alfreton broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark as the 6ft 5in Mark Sale was gifted a free header from Bettney's left-wing corner and his looping effort sailed over Robertson at the near post.
Kinsella then had to be at his best to tip over a dangerous cross-shot from Chris Dolby, but the first half was marked by a series of bad-tempered exchanges.
At one point it looked like a sending-off would soon be on the cards, but home manager David Lloyd sensibly substituted the main instigator, Matthew Fisher, at half-time.
Early in the second period, Sale brushed off Craig Robinson but saw his drive blocked by Kinsella - and it was a chance the hosts were left to rue.
Vauxhall responded with their most sustained period of pressure since the first minute as a series of four corners climaxed with Lawton drilling a powerful low shot from 20 yards into the bottom right corner of Butler's goal on 57 minutes.
Both sides pushed hard to grab a winner in the latter stages, but honours were even as Cumiskey failed to make proper contact on Terry Fearns' square ball when picked out in space, while Robinson cleared a close-range Goddard effort off the line.
Vauxhall: Kinsella, Spellman, McDermott, Robinson, McAuley, Lynch, Nesbitt, Lawton, Fearns, Robertson, Cumiskey. Vauxhall have been drawn away to Altrincham in the third round of the UniBond League Cup. The tie will take place on Saturday, December 20.