GRESLEY booked an FA Cup first round qualifying home tie against Eastwood Town on Saturday week after easing past Kettering Town.
Royce Turville set the Moatmen on their way with a strike just before the break.
With the hour mark approaching Rob Spencer doubled Gresley’s advantage against a Poppies side who struggled to live with the visitors for the majority of Saturday’s preliminary round tie.
Gresley manager Martin Rowe said: “It was similar to last week.
“The players have stuck at it and we have created chances.
“I did have a bit of criticism during pre-season for moving players about and seeing what they can do but John (Guy) has come in, played centre-half and had a fantastic game.
“Rob Spencer wasn’t one hundred percent fit but he came in and did a job.
“Kieran O’Connor is just getting better and better and we’ve still not seen the best of him.
“Once he gets fitter he’ll be all over the park and I’m sure he’ll be a big success at Gresley.
“Ross Etheridge had just the one save to make early in the second half when he tipped it over the bar, other than that he’s had quite a cushy time with us.
“Obviously it was disappointing to lose the game on Monday but we’ve bounced back again.”
“We’ve got to sort our own form out and we’ll take all the positives out of today (Saturday) and take it into next week’s game.
The Gresley travelling faithful may have been expecting a tough encounter against Kettering, but were pleasantly surprised in how comfortable the victory was in the end.
Except for a 10-minute spell following an injury to Gresley’s Jamie Barrett, the threat to the away side’s goal was minimal.
The Moatmen were forced into making changes with Marc Strzyzewski and Danny Holmes serving one-match bans for the red cards they collected against Mickleover in the first game of the season.
Guy came into the heart of the defence alongside Barrett, while Spencer returned to the starting line-up after missing the last game with an ankle injury.
Also returning to the squad were Dean Oliver and Marc Goodfellow after both recovered from their recent injuries.
Gresley started brightly with a stiff breeze at their backs, and soon had the home defence under pressure as a through ball from Mickey Lyons for Spencer was narrowly put wide.
The Poppies forced a corner and were then awarded a free-kick in a dangerous area, but failed to test Etheridge.
Gresley threatened to take the lead when a good run from O’Connell ended with a tempting low cross across the box.
With the end of the first half a couple of minutes away Gresley took the lead.
Following a Kettering attack Gresley made a quick break, and Eric Graves put the ball across to Royce Turville who scored with his second touch.
The Moatmen suffered a blow at the start of the second period with captain Barrett carried off the pitch with a knee injury.
Matt Roome replaced Barrett as The Poppies enjoyed their first real spell of sustained pressure.
Jonathan Thorpe went close to levelling with a vicious shot but Etheridge reacted brilliantly, turning the ball over the bar.
Gresley defended well and almost doubled their lead when Turville fed the ball to O’Connell, but his shot flew wide of the far post.
Minutes later the visitors did increase their lead when a poor clearance from Poppies keeper Michael Quirke landed nicely for Mickey Lyons.
He instantly slipped the ball to Spencer who fired home.
With Kettering pushing forward in a bid to get back into the game they almost found themselves further behind late on.
Another good move down the right ended with O’Connell hitting a shot which brushed the face of the bar with Quirke stranded.