George Gregory netted a hat-trick as Moneyfields knocked Locks Heath out of the Portsmouth Senior Cup last night.
Miles Rutherford’s side progressed into the third round with a 5-0 triumph at the Recreation Ground.
However, the Wessex League premier division outfit were not as dominant as the final score suggests.
Only a lack of killer instinct prevented Hampshire League hosts Locks Heath giving Moneys a scare.
Moneyfields took the lead on 10 minutes as striker Mike Brown tucked in a cross.
But Locks Heath fought back in torrential rain and were unlucky to find themselves further behind at the break when Gregory nipped through to score his first.
Early in the second half, wasteful Locks Heath said farewell to the competition for another year.
Smith had wasted a glorious chance to pull a goal back before Moneyfields broke quickly to the other end and Gregory turned in Louis Savage’s inspired cross.
To their credit, Dougie Leask’s Locks never gave up the ghost.
And Moneyfields keeper Cameron Scott was called upon to deal with several dangerous crosses under his crossbar.
But in the final analysis, Moneyfields’ quality surfaced again.
Their greed for goals was not satisfied until – after Gregory had made it four – Jamie Butwell came off the substitutes’ bench to run in a fifth just before the final whistle.
Locks Heath: Fuge, Philip, Holmes, Dunkley, Scorey, Small, Neal, Babcock, M Smith, Newcombe, Christie. Substitutes: Stacey, George, A Smith, Ashman
Moneyfields: Scott, Leader, Bailey, Page, Wain, Middleton, Hore, Savage, Brown, Gregory, Asanjile. Substitutes: Fancy, Brannen, Butwell
Referee: Mick Foster (Havant)
n Elsewhere in the second round of the Portsmouth Senior Cup, Gosport Borough thrashed visitors Petersfield 4-0 at Privett Park.
Meanwhile, the clash between Portsmouth Royal Navy and AFC Portchester has been postponed until Monday.