OVERTON United progressed beyond the fourth round of the Hampshire Intermediate Cup with a comfortable 5-0 victory over holders Colden Common on Saturday.
The defending champions made a positive start but Overton held out and took the lead just after the half-hour mark, Laith Aldoori playing a one-two with Alex Jupp before catching the goalkeeper unawares with a shot from 30 yards.
There was no further scoring before half-time but Overton doubled their lead 10 minutes after the break, Danny Houseman sending the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot following a foul on Dave Parry.
The hosts won a second penalty 10 minutes later, Houseman being fouled this time, and substitute Ross Cook stepped up to score from the spot.
Cook then got his second of the match from a Houseman cross, while Dave Parry completed the scoring, Houseman again providing the assist, this time heading down Kieran Fuller’s cross for Parry to fire home.
Manager Titch Bloomfield said: “It was a bit of a shock because Colden Common are a good side. We really put the pressure on them and they had no answer to us in the second half.”
Overton sit third in the Hampshire Premier League table, level with the leaders – but they face a massive game on Saturday, when fifth-placed Headley, who are just one point behind them, travel to north Hampshire.
“It’s a big game for both sides so hopefully we will be able to put out a side that can pick up three points,” Bloomfield added.
“We are in with a shout but you do not win anything in January and we are not getting carried away. We will take each game as it comes and see what happens.”
AFC Aldermaston were unable to play last week, with their home games against Winchester Castle and Amersham in the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup being postponed.
Having seen the game postponed twice, the cup fixture will now be played at Amersham on Saturday, while Aldermaston and Winchester Castle will try again next Wednesday.