WORTHING Football Club booked their spot in the Sussex Senior Cup third round following an emphatic 6-1 success at Mile Oak last night.
Callum Overton bagged a hat-trick, while Omar Bugiel struck twice before Will Hendon rounded off the scoring.
It could well have been a banana skin for Rebels against Oak who play two divisions below them in the Southern Combination League Division 1.
But joint-boss Gary Elphick admitted it was a professional display from a fairly youthful side.
He said: “It’s always nice to be in the next round of the competition.
“I though it was a very professional display from what was quite a young side.
“The game provided us with a chance to field some younger guys and they all did a good job.
“We are now in the third round but we will just be taking round by round and then see how far we can go.
“Obviously, with the final being played at The Amex it provides a great incentive for all of the players.”
Rebels made a fast start and went two goals ahead inside 20 minutes thanks to strikes from Bugiel and Overton.
Overton struck twice more to complete a first-half hat-trick, before Bugiel notched a second as Worthing lead 5-0 at the break.
Oak pulled a goal back with ten minutes left through Jack Arnold but Hendon netted on 88 minutes to make it 6-1.
Rebels were awarded a spot-kick late on but Overton saw it saved by Oak stopper Aaron Stenning.
Worthing host East Grinstead Town in the Ryman League South on Saturday (3pm).
WORTHING: Fagan; Hendon, Punter, Heath, Sparks; Quirke, Axell, O’Neill, Waller; Bugiel, Overton. Subs: Barnes (O’Neill), Hards (Axell).
MILE OAK: Stenning; Gillingham, Sheldon, Lansdale, Whiting; Skinner , MacDonald, Garrod, Arnold; Shepherd, Wedge-Bull. Subs: Pullinger, May, Pulling, Austin-Slade, Burnett.
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