Alex Pike admitted his Gosport Borough side might have been better served playing training dummies as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Bashley in the Russell-Cotes Cup clash.
Lee Wort struck twice either side of a fortunate Paco Saez effort but the clash was reminiscent of watching England v San Marino with the New Forest outfit simply looking to get men behind the ball and keep the score down.
Pike said: ‘It was too easy really.
‘We use mannequins in training and they would probably have put up a better show.
‘Bashley just had a damage limitation policy.
‘Even when they were 2-0 down they didn’t put on an extra striker and I find that hard to understand in a cup game.
‘I don’t understand that philosophy. You might as well give it a go.
‘We probably had 97 per cent possession and my only criticism is that we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.
‘But it’s sad what has happened to Bashley in recent years.
‘It’s a lesson to other clubs.’
Borough played well within themselves for the opening half but still carved out plenty of opportunities that should have seen them ahead way before Wort opened the scoring.
Saez should have hit the target after Dan Wooden’s knock-down from a long diagonal but sliced wide, before Steve Ramsey wasted a glorious opportunity by firing high and wide after Wooden was the creator again.
With the half-time whistle beckoning, Borough avoided a Pike verbal rocket with two goals inside a minute to hammer home their superiority.
Wort, who looked a threat all evening, timed his run to perfection as Rory Williams found a gap in the Bashley defence and blasted home through the goalkeeper’s legs.
Borough then extended their lead in the blink of an eye as Wort attempted to double his personal tally.
But as he completely miscued his shot at goal, the startled Saez turned home via his shins seemingly knowing little about it.
Bashley never looked like staging a fightback at any point in the contest and Borough were well aware that they were in total control.
Had they needed more goals, they would have gone for them but their minds appeared to be on the Vanarama Conference South fixture at Hemel Hempstead this weekend.
Wort netted his second of the goal just beyond the hour mark as Saez slipped him through on goal and the former Sholing man made no mistake from close range.
And Borough might have had more when Saez and Wooden both struck the woodwork, but the result was never in doubt.
Pike will now turn his attentions to bringing in a central defender ahead of the weekend with Dorchester defender, Chris Dillon, now set for a move.
The Borough boss said: ‘I rate Chris highly and we have a seven-day notice of approach in for him.
‘He played 30-odd games for Eastleigh last season so knows this level.
‘I’m very interested in him and I’m hoping to have him in by the weekend.
‘I’m still also keen to sign Nathan Walker from Dorchester so we will see what happens.’
GOSPORT: Ashmore, Molyneaux, Pearce, Matthews, Williams, Saez, Benham, Ramsey, Wilde, Wooden, Wort