Thatcham Town put in a dominant performance in their first FA Cup tie on Saturday to thrash Petersfield 5-0 and book their place in the next round.
An early Harry Grant goal set the tone for the extra preliminary round fixture, with the rest of the scoring coming throughout the second half.
The Kingfishers will now face Alresford Town in the preliminary round on August 19, after they beat Sholing 2-1 on Friday evening.
Thatcham made a fast start to Saturday’s match, as Joe Blount squared the ball perfectly for Grant to easily tap-in and give the hosts a 1-0 lead after six minutes.
Blount continued to put pressure on Petersfield’s defence and set up a string of early chances for Thatcham, although they came to nothing.
It was nearly 2-0 on 20 minutes as a Thatcham corner was headed across goal, only for Ekow Elliot’s header to strike the corner of the post and bounce safely away.
Blount had a couple more efforts in the first half and was unlucky not to convert them, and Thatcham went into the break with a narrow 1-0 lead.
After the promise the Kingfishers had shown in the first half they would have felt aggrieved to be only one goal up, but they certainly made amends for that after half-time.
Six minutes after the restart Elliot was able to grab the elusive second goal, after latching on to a loose ball in the area to slot home.
Shortly afterwards it seemed as if Blount had finally got a goal after taking the ball round the keeper to score, only for the goal to be ruled offside.
Goal number three came just after the hour mark as Shane Cooper-Clark was brought down by the keeper in the box, and calmly poked the resultant spot-kick down the middle.
On 75 minutes Petersfield were finally able to register their first shot on target, but it was no trouble for Thatcham keeper Chris Rackley to stop.
Eight minutes later Cooper-Clark got his second and Thatcham’s fourth as he surged into the area and smashed the ball into the top corner from a tight angle.
And the rout was completed four minutes from the end as Cooper-Clark, with a chance of a hat-trick, selflessly passed to Jemel Johnson whose effort deflected into the path of Lamin Sankoh.
Sankoh took a touch before knocking the ball under the keeper’s dive to score on his debut for the club.
Ahead of their next FA Cup fixture Thatcham have two league games in the coming week. They travel to Brimscombe and Thrupp on Saturday, before hosting Woodley United on Tuesday night.