Daventry Town eased into the next round of the FA Cup as they thrashed Berkhamsted 6-1 at Communications Park on Saturday.
There were two goals from former Stratford Town wide man Mykel Beckley, and manager Darran Foster is running out of superlatives to describe the performances of his team this season.
“I seem to be saying the same things every week at the moment, but that’s because we are playing very well, the all-round performance on Saturday was exceptional,” said Foster.
“Another six-star display by the lads, but the important thing was to be in the draw for the next round.”
Town took a 13th-minute lead through Beckley, who pounced on a rebound after Scott Cross’s effort had been saved.
Daventry were pegged back on 30 minutes as Berkhamsted scored an equaliser after being awarded a penalty.
Stand-in Daventry goalkeeper Herbert Scherell saved the initial kick, but the visitors scored from the rebound.
Foster’s men reacted superbly and were 3-1 ahead by the half-time thanks to strikes from Cross and Neil King.
Daventry kept up the pressure after the break, and scored three more goals through Beckley, Ross Oulton and Deqwon Ebanks.
Daventry have drawn Derbyshire club Belper Town of the Northern Premier First Division South in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The match will be played on Saturday, September 28. Progression will be worth £4,500 to the winners, and will also see them within two games of the first round proper, when clubs from the Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the competition.
This Saturday (September 21) Daventry host fourth in the table Beaconsfield SYCOB at Communications Park. Beaconsfield have lost just one game to date this season, going down 4-0 to Barton Rovers.
Last season Beaconsfield were beaten in the play-off semi-final by Rugby Town in extra time, and are one of the favourites for promotion this season.
Saturday, September 14
The FA Cup with Budweiser First Qualifying Round
Daventry Town 6 Berkhamsted Town 1
Location: Communications Park, Daventry
Daventry Town: Herbert Scherell, Olli Wilkinson, Josh Blake, Liam Dolman, Marcel Simpson, Ryan Howells, N King (Oulton 75), Adam Confue, Mykel Beckley, Ashley Robinson (Ebanks 70), Scott Cross (Lorraine 80),
Scorers: Mykel Beckley 13 & 66, Scott Cross 39, Neil King 45, Ross Oulton 77, Deqwon Ebanks 78
MOM: Liam Dolman