The Hawks came from a goal down to defeat eight-man Dorchester Town 3-1 at West Leigh Park last night.
Shaun Gale’s side went into the break a goal down after Steve Devlin’s 25-yard wonder goal on nine minutes.
A Hawks equaliser followed on 58 minutes when substitute Mustafa Tiryaki rifled home a superb drive.
Dorchester then lost control and their grip on the game when Ashley Vickers saw himself red carded after tackling an intruder on to the West Leigh Park pitch.
The Hawks capitalised when Wes Fogden gave the home side the lead midway through the second half.
And when the visitors had two more players sent off, Steve Ramsey added a third to seal a valuable win for Gale’s play-off chasers.
Meanwhile, Fareham Town needed penalties to book their place in the next round of the Russell Cotes Cup.
A much-changed Reds line-up, found it difficult to pierce a resolute Fleet Spurs defence in both normal time and extra-time, leaving penalties the only way to decide this Kennels Lane match-up.
A tie against Totton & Eling awaited the winners of the shootout, and thanks to fine strikes from Graham Lyndsey, Wayne Boud, Ben Buckland, Lee Wood and Danny Thompson – plus a fine save from keeper Adam Redman – Fareham ensured it was they who would lineup in the next round.