Petersfield Town cruised through to the third round of the Hampshire Senior Cup with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Hythe and Dibden tonight.
Alek Przespolewski netted twice for the hosts, with Ryan Woodford and Joe Briggs also on target at Love Lane.
Petersfield took the lead after 11 minutes when Briggs’ corner on the right was met at the far post by Woodford, who put his free header into the net.
The Rams doubled their lead on 33 minutes, when a long cross-field pass from Briggs found Jamie Ford bursting into the box.
The marauding full-back was tripped by Hythe goalkeeper Jon Page, with Przespolewski tucking away the resultant penalty.
Petersfield took control of the game at the end of the first half, when Briggs latched on to a long kick from keeper Anthony Ender.
The ball upfield bounced over the stranded Hythe defence and the Rams winger was first on the scene to despatch it confidently past Page.
Two minutes later, Harry Wedlake provided a low cross into the near post where Przespolewski beat two defenders to the ball to slide home his second of the night.
At the start of the second half, Dan Sackman had a goal disallowed for the hosts when the referee judged that Hythe stopper Page had been fouled when he tried to punch clear.
The visitors finally registered their first serious shot of the evening on 70 minutes when Jon Brock’s speculative strike skimmed the top of the crossbar.
The Rams should have extended their lead moments later, though, when Sackman pounced on a rebound from a cross, only to fire his snapshot straight at Page.
Instead, it was Hythe who bounced back to grab a late consolation goal from the penalty spot with Sean Parker on target from 12 yards after one of his team-mates was upended.
The final chance of the evening fell the way of the hosts, however, when substitute Mike McEnery’s cross found hat-trick hunting Przespolewski but his header went wide of the target.
– GRAEME MOIR