MARC Goodfellow had a hand in both Gresley goals as the Moatmen beat Evo-Stik Premier outfit Ilkeston to book their spot in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy.
Goodfellow struck the spectacular opener on eight minutes and also delivered the corner that prompted Aaron Hooton to power a header into his own net.
It was a performance in stark contrast to the midweek drubbing inflicted upon the Moatmen by Halesowen.
And in an interesting sub-plot, bragging rights went to Goodfellow and Danny Holmes in the meeting of former Burton Albion Conference winners.
Former Brewers teammate Aaron Hughes, who had a penalty saved, finished on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline.
Even though they were forced to make two first-half changes due to injuries to Holmes and Mitch Hanson, Gresley produced a performance of dogged determination, hard work and fully deserved their win.
Following the dismal midweek showing manager Martin Rowe made a raft of changes to his starting line-up.
John Guy, Liam Guest, Holmes, Paolo Piliero, Jordan Nadat and Goodfellow all came into the XI.
Gresley were expecting to be put under the cosh early on but it was the hosts who threatened from the off, with Kieran O’Connell firing over from a good position.
The goal of the game came on eight minutes. A free-kick from Goodfellow easily beat the Robins keeper, but clattered back off the far upright.
Eventually the ball came back to Goodfellow, and from an almost identical spot he struck a fierce shot that rifled past Lloyd Allison who was rooted to the spot.
Gresley were on top and could have doubled their advantage. O’Connell hit a shot that lacked pace straight at Allison before Goodfellow forced a save from Allison at his near post.
Ilkeston’s day got even worse on 18 minutes when Hooton directed a header into his own net from Goodfellow’s corner.
The visitors had a gilt-edged chance to reduce the arrears five minutes later when Liam Guest brought Hooton down in the area to concede a penalty.
Holmes also suffered suspected knee ligament damage in the incident.
Webster, who has scored five penalties so far this season, took the spot-kick but was denied by Etheridge’s outstretched leg which sent the ball over the bar.
Jason Stokes then tested Etheridge with a stinging shot that forced a fine block from the young keeper.
Hanson hobbled off with a hamstring injury five minutes later, to be replaced by Harrison.
Ilkeston had two chances to get on the score-sheet as the first half drew to a close.
Kane Richards hit a crisp shot which struck the near post before the same player hit a blistering shot that Etheridge did well to tip over the bar.
Ilkeston came out in determined mood after the break with Etheridge making a save from a low shot.
Hooton followed up with an effort that Etheridge pushed away for a corner.
At the other end O’Connell tried his luck with a shot that Allinson saved at his near post.
Ilkeston’s Danny Gordon then had a golden chance, blazing a shot well over the bar from close range. Minutes later Laurie Wilson also fired over.
Ilkeston halved the deficit with 10 minutes remaining.
A shot from the edge of the area was blocked by a defender but the ricochet, which could have gone anywhere, fell nicely for substitute Gary Ricketts who finished well from just inside the area.
A tense final 10 minutes followed with Ilkeston pressing forward at every opportunity. But it was Gresley who went closest to adding to their tally.
Goodfellow curled a shot into the box which was met by Jamie Barrett whose header flashed wide. Goodfellow then made Allinson save at his near post with a free-kick from distance.
The final chance went to the visitors when Richards’ shot was well held by Etheridge.