Lee Bradbury praised his Hawks side’s complete display as they thrashed a youthful AFC Bournemouth side 4-0 in the Hampshire Senior Cup last night.
James Hayter scored twice for the dominant hosts, with Lanre Azeez and substitute Marvin Morgan completing the Westleigh Park rout.
‘I thought we played well from first minute to last,’ said Bradbury.
‘We were up against good, bright, young, energetic opponents and we dealt with them well.
‘It was a pleasing clean sheet and we scored some good goals – it was just what we needed.’
The visitors showed their quality from the start with Argentinian Tomas Andrade drilling an angled shot over the bar, before Hawks stopper Ryan Young made three saves in quick succession.
It was the home side, though, who broke the deadlock after 15 minutes with a superbly worked goal.
Rommy Boco broke forward and picked out James Hayter who ran on and chipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper from 12 yards.
The pair linked up again in the 31st minute with Hayter curling a shot wide of the far post sa the hosts took hold.
On 39 minutes, another good passing move, including a clever Hayter back-heel, ended with Lanre Azeez extending the Hawks lead.
Matt Paterson had a good one-on-one chance early in the second half but the goalkeeper nicked the ball away from him.
Substitute Jake Thomson then saw his far-post volley turned behind a minute after he came on.
From the resulting 57th-minute corner, Hayter got in front of his defender to guide the ball into the roof of the net for his second goal of the night.
The Hawks were keeping their shape at the back and maintaining a good tempo going forward.
Andrade sent a shot swirling past the far upright but chances had dried up for the visitors.
And a minute from time substitute Marvin Morgan powered through the visitors defence to put the icing on the Hawks’ cake with a fourth goal.