Gosport Borough assistant-manager Mick Catlin praised his side’s efforts after they disposed of Fleet Town 3-0 in the Russell Cotes Cup.
Catlin, who was handed the reins for the evening with manager Alex Pike absent, gave some of his fringe players a run-out against their Ryman League opponents.
And they didn’t let him down, with goals from Liam Sewell, Liam Robinson and Nathan Lynch setting up a quarter-final clash with Winchester City.
‘The fringe lads who I drafted in did very well, and the more games we can play in cup competitions the better for them,’ said Catlin.
‘We can now look forward to Winchester coming down in the next round.’
Gosport were in control early on, and that earned them the lead on 10 minutes, when Sewell concluded a fine move from close range – scoring his first goal in Borough colours following his loan move from the Hawks.
The hosts responded with a neat move that saw Dan Reid clip a shot past Borough keeper Mark Brown, only to see the goalbound effort cleared off the line by Gosport youngster Jack Smith.
On 30 minutes, Borough were a coat of paint away from doubling their advantage when Lynch’s header crashed against the crossbar.
And just before the interval, Sewell set off on a run, which was ended unceremoniously in the area.
Gosport appealed for a penalty, only to see their efforts ignored by the referee as the game stayed 1-0 at half-time.
Borough stepped up the pressure as the second half got under way, and Liam Robinson set Sewell on a path through into the Fleet penalty area, only to go down yet again under a late challenge.
The visitors appealed again for a penalty but, not for the first time, their calls fell on deaf ears.
As the wind continued to swirl at Calthorpe Park, Borough made the contest safe with a superb second.
Tom Price created a shooting chance for Robinson, who rifled the ball into the net from distance before Fleet keeper Chris Baker could react.
And just to make certain the match was won, Borough made it 3-0 on 75 minutes thanks to a fine run and cross from Price and a thumping finish from Lynch, who darted into finish in style.
Gosport: Brown, Smith, Birmingham, Ward, Castle, Sainsbury, Price, Jones, Sewell, Lynch, Robinson. Subs: Cox, Howard, Arnold, Ford, Heather.