Tamworth 0 Dagenham & Redbridge 0
Matt Redmile has endured plenty of wisecracks since BBC commentator Alan Green suggested he was a look-a-like for comic Al Murray's Pub Landlord.
But there is no joking about the way he holds Tamworth's defence together.
Shaven-headed and with an expansive girth, Redmile is unmistakable on the pitch. So is his quality. For all the catty, fatty pie-eating comments from rival fans, the centreback's talent earned him England non-League caps two years ago and he stood out in Saturday's snore draw like a colossus.
He is a centre-back of the old school: he kicks it, he heads it. He is always in the right place at the right time, the ball being attracted to his bonce like a magnet, and he tackles with calm assuredness.
But it was his unlikely Brazilian-style sway of the hips to leave two Dagenham attackers bewildered in a double shimmy deep in his own half that provided the second biggest cheer on a day of few thrills at the Lamb.
The greatest roar came just before half time when Matty Williams appeared to have given Mark Cooper's hosts the breakthrough goal. Graham Ward smacked a half-volley goalwards from a right-wing throw-in and Williams, on loan from Notts County, ghosted in at the far post to head beyond keeper Tony Roberts.
But the cries of delight were strangled in the throat when the assistant referee waved his flag and referee Shaun Procter-Green ruled out the effort.
Lambs player-manager Cooper, the only player left from Tamworth's 2003 Trophy final team, believed his side were unfortunate with the decision though, overall, he thought both sides deserved a second chance in tomorrow's replay in east London.
He said: "The referee said Matty Williams wasn't offside but it was Nathan Jackson. But he wasn't interfering with play so I can't understand why it wasn't given.
"I thought we never looked like conceding a goal but we needed a little bit more up top. With Danny Davidson being out, we lacked a little bit of firepower.
"Overall, a draw was a fair result. They came for a draw, and they would admit that, but we had a couple of half-chances. With a bit more quality, we could've nicked it."
Williams also had the best opportunity after the break. Michael Touhy's precise pass sent him racing goalwards on 58 minutes but Daggers keeper Roberts managed to halt his progress as the striker tried to skip round him while Steve Melton and Redmile had snap-shots blocked by defenders.
At the other end, Lambs custodian Mark Gayle didn't have a save to make, though Chris Moore's angled drive clipped the top of the bar with only eight minutes left.
Redmile and the increasingly influential Alan Neilson, playing only his second full game for the club, stood out for the hosts but Cooper said some of his players were under-par after such a frantic New Year and their FA Cup exploits.
He will be happy to see Tamworth's name in today's Trophy quarter-finals draw, saying: "If you want to win the FA Trophy, sometimes you have to grind out performances like that."
The destination rather than the journey will be more important should Tamworth return to the East End in May for the final at West Ham's Upton Park.