Nigel Clough's Burton Albion produced perhaps their best performance of the season to progress to the third round of the FA Umbro Trophy this week.
Last week Barrow were unlucky to go down to a 1-0 defeat at home to Second Division Oldham Athletic in the first round of the FA Cup. On Tuesday they found Burton a far tougher proposition in a Trophy second-round replay. All the hard work the Cumbrians had put into securing a 1-1 draw at Holker Street last Saturday was undone as they were swept aside 5-0 by the UniBond League leaders.
Sean Farrell, the former Peterborough United and Luton Town striker, scored a hat-trick for Burton, whose other two goals came from Christian Moore. He has hit seven goals in Albion's last four games.
"Absolutely superb" was the post-match reaction from Clough, the Burton manager and former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool midfielder. He also enthused about "goals of magnificent quality".
Tuesday's thrilling victory earns Nigel (son of Brian) Clough and his team a third-round home tie next month against another UniBond Premier side managed by the son of an English football legend. In charge of Blyth Spartans, due at Eton Park on Saturday 12 January, is John Charlton, the son of the former Leeds United and England centre-half Jack Charlton.
A non-League legend will be the focus of attention on Trophy third-round day: Monday's draw sent Kingstonian to their Surrey rivals Woking. After a spell away from the game, Geoff Chapple last month returned to management with Woking, the club where he forged his eminent reputation before moving on to Kingstonian.
Between them, Woking and Kingstonian won five Trophy finals at Wembley, and Chapple was at the helm for each triumph. Elsewhere, there is an enticing West Country derby in prospect at Ladysmead, where Devon's best non-League team, Tiverton Town, will take on Yeovil Town. The holders, Canvey Island, will entertain their Ryman League rivals Purfleet.
This weekend the attention switches to the third round of the FA Carlsberg Vase. The holders, Taunton Town, are in action on Sunday, when they travel to Dorset to take on the 1992 winners, Wimborne Town.
Alex Pike, in charge of Wimborne then, is once again the manager at the Jewson Wessex League side. Last year's runners-up, Berkhamsted Town, face a tough task tomorrow away to the Jewson Eastern Counties League leaders, Sudbury. Their 7-3 home win over Soham on Tuesday took their goal tally this term to 70 in 22 league games.Reuse content