Josh Bartlett doubled his goal tally for the season with a brace as Skegness Town completed a Supplementary Cup double over Group B opponents Ruston Sports.
The Lilywhites beat the Lincoln side 5-0 in their own back yard in September and bounced back from the league defeat against Market Rasen with a comfortable 4-0 victory at Burgh Road.
Town boss Nick Chapman said he was happy with the way his side controlled the game from start to finish, and although they didn’t break the deadlock until the second half, patience paid off in the end.
“Rustons sat back and so we just had to be patient,” said Chapman. “Once we scored the first goal it meant they had to come out more and we took full advantage.”
He changed the line-up slightly after the Rasen defeat, starting with Matt Veall, Wade Hurst and Will Britton in place of McCauley Parker, Jordan Smith and Kurt Crossley, who were on the bench.
Ben Drysdale joined the second string for the day and Arron Scutt was cup tied.
After a goalless first half, the Lilywhites clinched the three group points with Bartlett’s double and further strikes from Liam Parker and Courtney Warren.
The victory confirms Town’s place in the quarter-finals of the competition as Group B winners.
Who joins them for the group will depend on the two remaining ties between CGB Humbertherm and Ruston Sports, both home and away.
Town’s attention now swings to the Lincolnshire FA Junior Cup on Saturday. They travel to Boston League side Benington for the third round tie which kicks off at 1.30pm.
Chapman will have Michael Hardy, Drysdale and Scutt to call upon, but Jamie Epton will be suspended for the red card he picked up against Market Rasen last month.