Dynamo 2 Long Eaton Utd 0
Shepshed Dynamo went into this tie on a run of 14 games unbeaten in all competitions, against a Long Eaton side that had lost their last two games and were lying 16th in the table.
By the end of the 90 minutes, Shepshed had made it 15 unbeaten and their 11th straight win in a row.
Long Eaton had the first attempt on goal, it was the first corner of the match, the cross headed towards goal but easily saved by Shepshed keeper, Brandon Ganley.
Shepshed's first attempt came soon after, a cross from Pearson Mwanyongo just needed someone on the end of it, but the ball went right through everyone in the penalty area and out for a goal kick.
Seconds later it was Mwanyongo once again who cut in from the right and curled his shot towards the far corner of the goal but it just went wide of the post.
Shepshed by now were taking control of the match creating a number of chances, the best of these being a ball played into Liam Hurst by Mwanyongo Hurst rounded the keeper only to blast the ball over the bar.
Long Eaton were creating very little on the ball, Shepshed had another chance when Chris Acott weaved his way through the defence, crossed the ball across goal, with Shepshed midfielder Niall Prenderville ready to pounce but the ball was cleared by Long Eaton's defender Charlie Scanlon.
Long Eaton had a chance to get back into the game when they had a great one two down the left side of the pitch, the cross coming into the Shepshed penalty area, landing at the feet of a Long Eaton Striker who fluffed his shot, the ball flying wide of the Shepshed goal.
From a short corner, Long Eaton crossed the ball into the Shepshed penalty area, the Shepshed defence failed to clear the ball, it was crossed back into the penalty area for a sliding block from defender Jordan Wakeling, the air bound ball was well struck by Long Eaton, Shepshed keeper Ganley threw himself at the ball to make a great save.
Long Eaton were awarded a free kick, the ball was hit with some force towards goal only for Jake Betts to head the ball over the bar.
Shepshed took the lead in the 34th minute with a goal from Matt Melbourne, the goal coming from a throw in, the ball played on by Acott into the penalty area to Melbourne, who controlled the ball, turned in a flash to smash the ball into the roof of the net.
Just before half time, Shepshed’s Hurst was put clear but instead of blasting it he went for the chip and the ball ended up in the hands of keeper Marcus Coombs.
As in first half it was Long Eaton who created the first chance with a shot towards Ganley in the Shepshed goal who made an easy save.
Shepshed had another chance from a corner, but Joe Pheasant put his header wide. Sam Moore had a shot go wide, and a cross from Jordan Wakeling was headed on only for Melbourne to hit the ball into the side netting.
Shepshed secured the game in the 62nd minute when Sam Moore was put through by Melbourne who went round the keeper to put the ball into the empty net, they continued to press shots on goal.
Long Eaton did not give up and in the final minutes had two good chances, one shot just wide and a cross from the left that was fluffed from close range.
At the final whistle, Shepshed were celebrating another 3 points and another great all round display. Shepshed Dynamo look forward to this week’s F.A. Vase 3rd Round tie at home to NKF Burbage, a win could take Shepshed into the last 32, and a step nearer to a Wembley final.