The realistic assessment of this game, harsh but fair, is that the result flattered an insipid Rams performance, A touch more precision from the home team would have seen them at least double their goal tally and the Rams goal, special as it was, literally came from nowhere. All that was needed to turn a poor show into a horror show would have been the appearance from the subs bench of Vincent Price and Peter Cushing!
After 27 days without action, the Rams finally managed to get out on the pitch, in what is looking like a fortunate hole in the bad weather, to start the second half of their season. The repercussions of the enforced lay-off, in terms of chronic fixture congestion are still to be felt but it has provided a clear and decisive break with the past, and may well be a foundation stone for the future.
Stockport County full deserved this win and their passage into the last 32 of the FA Trophy.
There would be no fine ladies making music in Banbury on Saturday night after the Rams secured their berth in the first round proper of the FA Trophy and closer to Wembley than they have ever been in their 48 year history, courtesy of an impressive 3-0 win in Oxfordshire.
What is to be made of this confounding and, to no little extent, concerning result?
The Rams came into this New Years Day fixture with half their league fixtures still to play and knowing that it they are able to double their points total to date, they will be close to the play-off positions. Unfortunately, the form that has presented them with such a promising start to the Premier Division is proving elusive at the moment and the hope that the turn of the year would present a change to December's misfortunes was misplaced.
The virtue of participation in this particular competition has been the subject of justifiable debate and with league fixtures beginning to pile up, exit from it could well be the silver lining in the cloud of defeat.
If this Doodson Cup first round match had been a boxing match, it would not have been stopped halfway through but never licensed in the first place.
Two moments of individual brilliance in the last 20 minutes saved the Rams from a defeat in a dark, dour, ill-tempered match. The psychological boost of avoiding defeat will be greater than the point, important as that is.
The army of volunteers who worked throughout the morning to ensure the frost-bound pitch at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium was passed fit, watched on as visitors Skelmersdale United strengthened their position at the top of the league courtesy of a 3-0 win.
Having been in front for the best part of 80 minutes, the Rams will have come away disappointed to have only one point but, in truth, that was a fair result and further evidence that there are no easy games in this division.
It will be interesting to see, in the coming weeks, how the Rams carry the weight of expectation from this result because this was an assured win over a team on a good run.
Apart from the result and some much needed game time, the most significant outcome from a cold and gloomy night could well be the emergence of new signing Donal McDermott, who only joined the club on the afternoon of the match.
The time of goodwill to all men apparently hasn't reached East Anglia, for the Rams' furthest visit ever turned out to be a battle of attrition, with events off the pitch transposing themselves on to it.
It was obvious from both the line ups and approach that there was much more at stake in this game than simple progression to the next stage of the Doodson Sport League Cup.
60 minutes football of Swiss watch smoothness and precision put the Rams through to the next round of the FA Trophy.