Happy Horncastle Town marched into the second round of the Lincolnshire County Junior Cup after a goal blitz against Billinghay.
Pre-match predictions that Town would face a tricky tie were blown apart as boss Paul Johnson’s side served up an 8-1 victory.
The clash was a personal triumph for striker Michael Harness who bagged a hat trick while Danny Bent opened his account for the season with a well-taken brace.
The outcome was just the boost Town were look for after last week’s home defeat against champions Skegness Town in the group stages of the Supplementary Cup.
Skipper Chris Johnson was unavailable again but Callum Low proved to be a more than capable deputy in defence.
Full backs Andrew Shinn and the outstanding Nathan Rawdon spent most of the game attacking and helped the influential Richard Jackson dominate midfield.
Jackson opened the scoring with a vicious half volley and Harness soon made it 2-0 with a simple tap in after Scott Lowman’s header caused problems.
Olly Johnson and Andrew Shinn were both denied by Billinghay’s overworked ‘keeper who was picking the ball out of the back of the net again after a Harness strike.
Town continued to impress and it was hardly a surprise when Danny Bent thumped home a header from Lowman’s inch perfect cross.
Harness sealed his hat trick ten minutes into the second half with a well placed shot.
With the win in the bag, Town rang the changes but they continued to dominate.
Olly Johnson fired home a penalty and Bent rounded things off with ten minute to go, drilling a shot just inside the near post.
Town are in cup action again this Saturday at Nettleham and will be hoping to carry on creating - and taking - the chances.
Town: Burchnall; Rawdon, Shinn, Brown, Low, O Johnson, Harness (Carl Smith), Jackson (Lovett), Bent, Lowman, Edwards. Unused sub: Marshall.