Striker Nathan Lynch made an instant impact with a debut hat-trick for AFC Portchester who blitzed Totton & Eling 7-0 at Wicor Rec.
Lynch, signed from Blackfield & Langley, proved far too hot for the struggling visitors to handle.
Fellow striker Jamie Musselwhite also scored twice, taking his tally to 20 for the season.
Assistant boss Louis Bell feels bringing in Lynch signals a message of intent.
‘Signing Nathan shows that we are not prepared to rest on our laurels,’ he said.
‘We have had a good first half to the season and are determined to kick on.
‘Nathan couldn’t have made a better debut but it isn’t just about his goals.
‘His intelligent play also creates chances for his team-mates and he is so enthusiastic.
‘He spent most of the week ringing me up to make sure that the game was on.’
The Royals had the game won by half-time with goals from Gary Moody, Lynch and Jack Salter-Vaile.
There was no let up after the break with Lynch completing his hat-trick and Musselwhite grabbing a brace.
Horndean’s fine 2-0 win at sixth-placed Whitchurch United was marred by a serious injury to their captain Tommy Woodward.
He was taken to hospital after breaking his leg in two places.
‘It was an horrendous injury and there were thoughts of calling the game off,’ said Horndean boss Dave Carter.
‘But we decided to go out for the second half and win it for Tommy.
‘He is still in hospital and it looks like they will operate to put a plate and pins in his leg.’
The visitors produced an excellent display to boss the game from start to finish.
Horndean, looking solid at the back, took the lead on 25 minutes with Nathan Paxton smashing a shot into the top corner from the left-hand side of the area.
Liam Gilbert sealed the win with a 65th-minute penalty after Paxton had been brought down.
Moneyfields versus Folland Sports was postponed and Fareham Town’s visit to Christchurch also fell victim to the recent bad weather.