Gosport Borough came from behind to win 4-1 at Totton & Eling in the Hampshire Senior Cup last night.
Borough strikers Liam Sewell and Justin Bennett each bagged a brace as the Southern League south & west division side ran out worthy winners.
‘It was very pleasing because we played a number of our squad players and that can sometimes backfire on you,’ said assistant manager Mick Catlin.
‘Once we got going, though, we proved too strong for them, particularly in the second half.’
A mistake early on put Borough behind but Sewell and Bennett got on the mark to give the men from Privett Park a 2-1 interval lead.
Further goals from both strikers saw Borough comfortably into the next round.
Wessex League premier division basement side Hayling United lost 4-0 defeat at in-form Brading Town in the league.
Portsmouth Senior Cup holders Horndean had to come from behind twice to beat Hampshire Premier visitors Fleetlands 3-2 at Five Heads Park to move into the next round.
The injury-hit hosts fielded a young side including four 16-year-olds who fought all the way for the win.
A Tom Chapman far post header from a Louie Bell cross levelled the scores on 20 minutes after the home side fell behind early on.
Another mistake saw the home side behind 2-1 at the break but, within a minute of the restart, Dan Smith levelled matters again.
Torr Spicer grabbed the decisive goal in the 65th minute and the game fizzled out after that.
‘It is a good result and all the lads who came in did well,’ said manager Dave Carter.
‘Sixteen-year-old Sam Farrugia was superb at right-back.’