In the main, Saturday was a disappointing day for Northern Counties East League sides in the FA Cup.
Only six of the 31 member clubs competing in the Extra Preliminary Round of the competition that day actually won their ties and made it through to the next round of the competition.
Whilst six more will get the chance to try again, after drawing their ties.
And Division One side Shirebrook Town was one of those to fall at the first hurdle, crashing out after losing by the only goal in a wholly forgettable game at Langwith Road against Leicester-based Midland Football Alliance outfit Kirby Muxloe.
Despite the home advantage, it was always going to be a big ask for Gary Castledine’s men against the side from a level higher.
However, there were very few chances for either side in the whole of the game and a scrappy first half ended goalless,
Nevertheless, Kirby Muxloe had the better of what chances there were in the opening period and the visitors looked to have taken the lead when Stuart Verrall had the ball in the back of the Shirebrook net three minutes before the interval, off Brett Darby’s cross from the right, but his effort was ruled out for offside.
The second half really wasn’t any better as a spectacle as the sides continued to cancel each other out in the middle of the park, but Kirby Muxloe took the lead on 68 minutes, first half substitute Ben Law scoring from 16 yards on the right what proved to be the eventual winner after Shirebrook struggled to clear their lines.
It was a scrappy goal in a scrappy game and it broke Shirebrook hearts after they had kept the ball out of their net three times in the build-up immediately beforehand.
And ten minutes later, the visitors seemed certain to double their advantage when Tom Hill went past Shirebrook keeper Martyn Dewberry.
But, under pressure, Hill fell over with the ball at his feet three yards from the empty goal, then demanding a penalty, possibly to spare his blushes, but his fruitless appeal was waved away by the match referee.
And, littered with fouls throughout, the game was a frustrating one that steadily grew more and more niggly as it went on.
And, inevitably it seemed, it ended with a red card for someone and Kirby Muxloe’s Aaron Preston was sent off right at the end of the game for an awful challenge out near the touchline, in front of the Shirebrook dugout, that he really didn’t need to commit.
Afterwards, Shirebrook manager Castledine told Mansfield 103.2, “It was a workmanlike performance from us, although I’m obviously disappointed with the result.”
“I don’t think there was too much in the game with the sides, the way they were set up, cancelling each other out.”
“I think a fairer result would have been 0-0, although we didn’t do quite enough on the day to win the game,” Castledine added.
Next up for Shirebrook Town is a return to league action when they travel to Pontefract Collieries on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
Shirebrook Town: Dewberry, Burgess, Madin, Newman, Bowler, Vella (Castledine 73), Rowley, Walker, Taylor (Clayton 73), R Cheetham, Nussey (Carter 59). Subs not used: Wilson, Melbourne.
Kirby Muxloe: Holyoak, Finnemore, Goodman, Phillips, Pacey, Statham (Law 22), Mee (Taylor 80), Hill, Verrall, Darby, Preston. Subs not used: Seal, Love, Wilson.
Referee: James Shipley (Nottinghamshire)