Lee Bradbury expressed his delight as the Hawks found their scoring touch in a 6-1 win over Fareham at Westleigh Park last night.
The boss watched his men score five times in the first half before making wholesale changes after the break.
Wayne Boud grabbed a consolation for the hard-working Reds but they were no match for their Conference South hosts who went on to net a sixth through triallist Alex Przespolewsi.
‘It was a good work out and just what we needed at this stage,’ said Bradbury.
‘It was important we did things right and passed the ball well.
‘We had a lot of possession and used it to create a number of chances.
‘The players have put in another good shift and it’s always good for your strikers to start finding the net.’
Meeting lower-level opposition for the first time this summer, the Hawks were quick to impose themselves.
Two goals in the opening seven minutes rocked the Wessex League premier division visitors.
After just two minutes, Eddie Hutchinson rose above Fareham’s defence to head across goal.
Reds goalkeeper Luke Douglas could only push the ball out, leaving Ollie Palmer the easy task of lifting the loose ball into the net from close range.
Four minutes later, Peter Murphy was adjudged to have brought Christian Nanetti down in the area to concede a penalty.
Nanetti easily tucked his spot-kick into the bottom corner, with Douglas going the other way.
The home side went close again when Sahr Kabba crashed a 20-yard shot against the post.
A foul on Kabba then resulted in a second penalty which Nanetti put into the same corner to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.
Fareham were finding themselves totally out of their depth and the hosts looked like scoring every time they poured forward.
Palmer added a fourth with a low shot from the edge of the area after Kabba hit the upright again.
And the rout went on as Kabba beat Douglas with a low drive for the Hawks’ fifth goal two minutes before the break.
For the first time this summer, Bradbury’s team were given time on the ball and they made it count.
The hosts remained unchanged for the second half, while Fareham sent on Josh Cripps.
To their credit, the Reds continued to work hard and forced a low save from Charlie Searle in the opening minutes.
Bradbury then made changes, with Warren Cummings, Nic Ciardini, Przespolewsi, Scott Jones, Serge Makofo and Ryan Woodford all coming on.
And they were soon joined by Harry Wedlake and Liam Bradbury from the Hawks Academy.
Fareham’s efforts were rewarded in the 63rd minute, though, as Boud turned in Ashley Tattersall’s cross at the far post.
But normal service was resumed within two minutes when Przespolewski scored with a low shot from outside the area.
Fareham refused the give in and there was still time for Grant Dove to test Hawks keeper Searle with a firmly-struck effort.
Hawks: Searle, Newton, Blanchett, Monteiro, Strugnell, Harris, Ryan, Hutchinson, Palmer, Kabba, Nanetti. Subs: Mokofo, Woodford, Jones, Ciardini, Przespolewski, Wedlake, Bradbury, Cummings.
Fareham: Douglas, Austin, Tigwell, Murphy, Martin, Lindsey, Boud, McKie, Tattersall, Knight, Cotton. Subs: Rowe, Dove, Lilley, Cripps, Stevens, Russell, Bunton.