JUBILANT boss Ollie Cherrett described Christchurch’s 3-0 win over US Portsmouth in the FA Vase as “the perfect way to end a brilliant week”.

Second-half goals from Jack Satterley, Chris Senior and James King booked Priory a place in the second round for the first time in six years and saw them bank a further £825 in prize money.

Christchurch were handed another home tie in today's draw and will duel with Wessex Premier outfit Fareham Town for a purse of £900 on November 11.

Cherrett said: “In the first half, we were a little nervous and I think the occasion got to us a bit.

“We spoke about it at half-time and I felt if we could be more aggressive going forward then we would have a good afternoon. That proved to be the case and getting the first goal was crucial.”

Victory saw Priory stretch their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions and extended their winning sequence at the MA Hart Stadium to nine matches.

Cherrett added: “Winning becomes a habit, it’s as simple as that. Whether it’s a cup game or a league game, it’s important to get a positive result. It keeps confidence high and keeps everyone in the right mind-set.

“It’s really pleasing to keep the run going and it was the perfect way to end a brilliant week.”

Christchurch were without at least four first-team regulars including influential frontmen Max Wilcock and Luke Stone. The depth of the squad has already been tested this season, but Cherrett is more than happy with his options.

“We have 24 players in total and it’s important to keep players fit and give people opportunities,” he said.

“For me, we don’t have a best 11 and I think that’s crucial. When I make changes, I’m not really weakening the side and that’s really important going forward.

“You never know what happens with injuries and availability over the course of the season so we’re going to need everyone to play a part.”

Cherrett also reserved special praise for striker Callum Butler. The 17-year-old was involved in all three goals and was named man of the match in what was an impressive performance.

“Players deserve praise when they do well," said Cherrett. "Callum’s a young lad who wants to succeed in the game.

“I only called him a few hours before kick-off because we knew Luke Stone was struggling and the development game was called off. But he came in and did everything I asked of him.

“He worked extremely hard up top on his own and showed real quality.

“The only thing lacking for him was probably a goal but I thought he undoubtedly deserved man of the match. He’s got a very bright future ahead of him.”