NORMAL service resumed as Wealdstone overcame Boreham Wood 3-1 in the Ryman League Cup second round on Tuesday night.
Just over 48 hours after the media circus had left town, following Sunday's agonising 3-2 FA Cup first round defeat to Rotherham United, Stones were quickly back into the winning habit, beating the Meadow Park outfit for a second time this season, following September's 4-2 FA Cup qualifying victory.
Just 101 hardy souls, the lowest crowd of the season at the Vale, braved the cold conditions to see Chris Ellerbeck (pictured) plunder a well taken hat-trick, a far cry from the 1,638 record attendance on Sunday.
He struck twice before the break but Stones' advantaged was halved after Chris Watters powered a free kick past Shaun Thomas from 20 yards.
And Thomas, who blamed himself for Rotherham's first goal on Sunday, was Stones' hero in the second half, pulling off several top drawer saves before Ellerbeck sealed the win from eight yards.
Stones resume league duties at Margate on Saturday. The Kent club have lost their last two games while Gordon Bartlett's side will be looking to maintain their excellent form. Stones currently lie sixth in the Ryman Premier League but have several games in hand on the sides above them including four on Hastings United, who lie in second place on 27 points, seven clear of Stones.
On Tuesday, struggling Cray Wanderers visit the Vale. Prior to this Saturday's game with Bognor Regis Town, the Ryman Premier newcomers had lost three of their last five games including last Saturday's 4-0 reversal at Horsham.