Spalding United are the last of this area’s teams standing in the FA Cup and their reward is a home tie against Leicestershire side Holwell Sports on Saturday, September 13.
But the Tulips’ 1-0 win over Derbyshire-based Heanor Town came at a price with central defender Nathan Stainfield ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken wrist while striker Ash Burbeary has a hamstring injury.
Substitute Tom Waumsley’s wonder strike five minutes before half-time was the difference between the sides but Spalding boss Pat Rayment was again left bemoaning missed chances that could have made the win more comfortable.
“We were worth the win but we didn’t take our chances and I’m sick of saying it,” Rayment said.
“Tom Waumsley mised a darn sight easier chance and then scored a cracking goal.
“But the unbelievable thing was there were no chances for Andy Tidswell.
“We knew Heanor would be a decent, physical team and it wouldn’t surprise me if they got promoted (from the Northern Counties East League premier division) so we’re just glad to be through.”