Today the Rams made the 87 mile trip to Vandarama South high-flyers Chelmsford City in the FA Cup, but the 64-place gap between the sides were a few steps too far.
The wet first half saw some crisp play by the Rams early on, and while it appeared that the Clarets might have been underestimating their visitors it was the home side who struck first, but not until the 40th minute when a cross was volleyed in from 15 yds at the far post by sub Micky Spillane, while the lead doubled in the final moments of the half when centre-forward Thomas Hitchcock capitalised on a poor back-pass.
The weather seemed to clear up a little in the 2nd half, but the Clarets also seemed to take the Rams more seriously - unfortunately. Three minutes after the re-start Chris Dickson got the first of his hat-trick, while 10 minutes later Jim Stevenson was on hand to bundle the ball over the line from a Chelmsford corner. Just before the hour mark a cross in from the right saw Dickson's glancing header past Luke Watkins give the striker his second of the afternoon, while 10 minutes later the Clarets got their 6th from another corner, this time courtesy of Anthony Church. In the 81st minute there appeared to be a blatant trip on Jake Mackenzie but the ref allowed Chelmsford to play on, a common feature of the afternoon, which ended up with Dickson getting his hat-trick and the Clarets' 7th. The Rams continued to chase a consolation, and on 89 Rory Smith got the ball in the net when he lobbed 'keeper Sam Beasant, but the assistant had flagged for offside. And while the home fans started leaving at 6-0, the Rams Fans sang on until the final whistle!
Rams: Luke Watkins, Joe Kane, Jake Mackenzie, George Crimmen, Luke Wheatley, Ollie Gray (Jake Munday), Tom Chapman, Dan Keyte (Jack Penny), Rory Smith, Dan Lawrence, Alfie Paxman. Unused subs: Jacob Mensah, Tijan Jadama, Billy Munday, Bradley Torrance, James King.
So the Rams bow out of the FA Cup, but still have the FA trophy to look forward to, with the visit of Bury Town on 7 October, while next Saturday they play Thamesmead Town at Dartford's Princes Park at 3pm.
Updated 13:40 - 11 Jan 2018 by Edward Lucas