Petersfield Town’s impressive season ended in disappointment as they were convincingly beaten 7-2 by Alresford in the Wessex League Cup final.
The division one champions – chasing a remarkable league and cup double – entered the game as underdogs and were outplayed by the premier division runners-up at Bemerton Heath.
Favourites Alresford were ahead inside the opening two minutes, when a neat through ball from Lee Wood allowed the prolific Warren Bentley to slot home.
The frantic start continued as Petersfield drew level just a minute later, when Steve Cammack’s low driven shot evaded keeper Jason Collins.
Alresford swiftly regained the lead on six minutes when captain Stuart Mott rose highest to nod home a Bentley cross.
Zack Glasspool then extended the Magpies’ advantage on 10 minutes, when he capitalised on sloppy Petersfield defending to tuck the ball home from six yards.
The striker soon grabbed his second and Alresford’s fourth after a superb solo run and neat finish from just inside the box.
Cammack spurned the chance to get a goal back for Town when his penalty was saved by the feet of Collins, after Mott was adjudged to have handled in the area.
Petersfield began the second half the brighter and came close to their second through Robbie Tambling.
But against the run of play, Alresford extended their lead when Bentley’s half-volley flew past Paul Williamson.
Chris Manning then added a sixth when his low effort from 15 yards found the bottom corner.
Williamson was doing his utmost in the Petersfield goal, denying both Glasspool and Bentley of their hat-tricks and Alresford a seventh.
With 10 minutes to go, and Alresford having taken their foot off the gas, Joe Richardson scored Petersfield’s second of the game with an audacious effort from 25 yards that left Collins rooted to the spot.
Bentley completed the rout and his hat-trick to make the score 7-2 when he rounded Williamson and tapped home.