A fine second half hat-trick from Tom Winters helped Brackley Town progress into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 victory against Daventry Town.
For an hour the visitors defended well and frustrated Saints but Winters’ introduction on the hour-mark changed the game as Brackley scored four goals in a devastating 15-minute spell.
Saints keeper Billy Turley made a brave save at the feet of Scott Cross after just four minutes and Glenn Walker brought a fine point blank save from Richard Morris at the other end with the break approaching.
Walker and Story ran their forays on the wings but Saints enjoyed little luck from the crosses.
The second period came to life for Brackley with the introduction of Winters.
The talismanic winger headed the opening goal on 70 minutes, picking his spot from 12 yards after Daventry failed to clear a corner.
Owen Story’s curling effort required the flying finger tips of Morris before Steve Diggin came off the bench and made his mark within moments, wriggling clear from the attentions of three defenders to finish superbly and extend the lead.
Winters completed the job with a fierce shot that deflected off right-back Liam Dolman on 76 minutes and then hit a rocket from a free-kick that fizzed past Richard Morris and into the net.
Further chances went begging as Saints took complete control to finish at a canter and book a place in the next round to be played on October 6.
Brackley Town: Turley, Clifton, McDonald, Odhiambo, Hatswell, J.Green, Story, Solkhon (Corcoran 78), Mulligan (Diggin 71), Sandy, Walker (Winters 59).
Subs unused: Nisevic, W.Green, Robinson, Zylski
Daventry Town: Morris, Cartwright, Simpson, Sanders, Dolman, Oulton (Liburd 79), Confue, N.King, Cross (McCreadie 65), Edmunds, Gould (Gearing 76).
Subs unused: A.King, Beckley, Holford
Referee: Matt Walsh
Assistants: Scott Postin and Jonathan Walker