An early Lewis Fennemore strike proved enough to give Moneyfields a 1-0 first round qualifying FA Cup win against Thamesmead Town at Dover Road.
Fennemore struck in the second minute to decide a cagey affair.
Dave Carter felt the important thing was being in the hat for the draw.
The Moneys boss said: ‘We couldn't have wished for a better start.
‘To be fair we should have gone on and put the game to bed before half-time.
‘We passed the ball better in the opening 45 minutes without creating many clear cut chances.
‘In the second half they used the win to play a long ball game and kept lumping it up the pitch.
‘They had some big lads up there and kept trying to hit them.
'We dealt with it well staying big and strong at the back. It was a day when the experience of Brett Poate and Sam Pearce at the back paid dividends for us.
‘I think Sam must have headed the ball at least 50 times.'
The decisive goal resulted from a corner well worked by Dan Woodward and Joe Briggs.
The latter picked out Fennemore who fired home from 12 yards.
Home goalkeeper Steve Mowthorpe didn't have a save to make in the first half.
Mowthorpe, however, kept the home side in front with an important save 10 minutes from the end.
Richard Pacquette, ex-Hawks FA Cup hero at Liverpool, produced a great near-post header from a corner.
The ball was heading for the bottom corner but Mowthorpe somehow got down to keep it out.
Before this Felipe Barcelos missed two good chances for the home side who became increasingly nervous as the tie went on.
Carter didn't care it turned out to be a scrappy win.
The Moneys manager said: ‘The important thing in the cup is getting through.
‘It has helped us bank £6,000 which is massive for a club like ours.
‘All eyes now are on the draw. It would be nice to get another home draw. We would fancy our chances of giving anyone a game at our place.’