NANTWICH Town pulled off a surprise as they claimed the scalp of UniBond Division One side Gresley Rovers to progress in the FA Cup.
The Dabbers comprehensively beat the Derbyshire side 3-1 in the cup preliminary-round tie at Jackson Avenue, with Matt Blake's second-half effort sandwiched between a pair of Danny Griggs headers.
The victory has earned a tie at Sutton Coldfield side Boldmere St Michael in the next round and boss Steve Davis is delighted.
He said: 'We prepared well, had them watched and put in an extra training session in the week. There were a few moans and groans about that but it is obviously worth it.
'We could have actually scored more goals against Gresley had we been more clinical. They couldn't have complained.
'We are getting better and better with every game we play. We worked hard and got our rewards. I am very pleased with the boys.'
James Marrow and Danny Griggs went close to breaking the deadlock in the first half, but they had to wait until the 52nd minute to get the scoring under way.
Blake skipped down the right and his cross found the diminutive Griggs, who gleefully headed the ball past James Pemberton.
On 57 minutes, Blake again got behind the Gresley defence and bundled the ball home after Pemberton saved his first effort. Five minutes later, Griggs headed home a Stuart Scheuber cross to make the game safe.
Gresley, who fielded ex-Crewe Alex striker Paul Edwards, got a consolation through David Holmes when he volleyed home an Aaron O'Connor cross-box header.
Davis said: 'Danny Griggs is playing out of his skin. He knows there is competition for places and I think that has spurred him on. He is looking dangerous up there with Blake and may that long continue.
'We have a tough test at Newcastle Town on Friday night and we are looking forward to it.' nGreg Clowes has branded Alsager Town's injury crisis as 'freaky' as he attempts to lift his men after they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Winsford United last week.
Town have seven first-team players on the physio's bench at the moment. Rob Powner, Carl Espley, John Machin, Dean Stokes, Steve Jones, Mathew Gregory and Paul Macari are all unfit.
And with Wayne Brotherton and Peter Heler suspended, Clowes is struggling to field a team for Friday's Division One clash with Stone Dominoes.
Clowes said: 'I have never known anything like it. It really is freaky so early on in the season. We are not a professional club and it is hard to cope with that many players being injured at the same time.
'But we have to deal with it, this is a crucial time of the season. I am not happy with the 1-0 defeat to Winsford because we were poor.
'We have too many players who are not following simple instructions. I have told them to move on because we are not here to mess about. But we must look forward now. I will try to scrape a team together for Friday.'