Lee Tigwell was the star of the show as Hayling brushed AFC Portchester aside 5-2 at Wicor Rec in the Wessex League premier division.
The Humbugs winger made two and scored two in the comprehensive victory which drew praise from boss Steve Poulton.
‘That was a fabulous result,’ he said.
‘We came with a game plan not to fall behind and stuck to it.
‘We kept it tight and tried to catch them on the break in the second half.
‘This was only our fifth game in three months, so it’s hard to build any momentum.
‘We looked a bit nervy at 2-1 and I only relaxed when we got the fifth.
‘To be honest, I thought Lee had a quiet first half.
‘He’s got a good left foot so we told him to switch flanks at half-time as it would give him the opportunity to cut inside the full back.
‘Sometimes he makes a meal of the easy things but his first goal was proof of what he can do.’
Tigwell teed up Adam Turner and Nathan Kirby to put Hayling in control.
He then produced a stunning 25-yard drive which nestled in the top corner before tapping home his side’s fourth two minute’s later.
Glynn Cooper scored the Humbugs’ fifth on 80 minutes as the visitors showed no signs of rustiness following the recent spate of postponements.
The only bright spot for Portchester was the performance Simon Woods.
While isolated for long periods, the club’s leading scorer managed to grab a brace to take his tally to 21 for the season.
Portchester coach Louis Bell said ‘We’ve worked hard in training over the last few weeks but we did didn’t do the basics.
‘All credit to Hayling – they came with a plan, stuck to it and looked like a team. We didn’t.’
Elsewhere, Fareham crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Bemerton Heath Harlequins.
And goals from Warren Hunt and Bobby Scott earned Moneyfields a 2-0 win at Hamworthy United.
– NEIL MARSHALL