HAMWORTHY marked a slightly chaotic week with a 6-1 thumping of Abingdon United to advance in the FA Vase, writes Jack Tanner.

With new manager Tim Sills celebrating his 40th birthday on a pre-booked holiday to Las Vegas, the ex-Torquay hero was given more to cheer about as his assistant Chris Senior guided his charges to an emphatic win.

However it took some time for Hammers' opponents to be known before it was revealed that Bovey Tracey had fielded an ineligible player and were to be chucked out of the competition, handing Abingdon a spot in round two.

Senior told the Daily Echo: “At the start of the week we heard that Bovey Tracey might be thrown out, so we knew we were probably going to face Abingdon.

"We would have gone in with a similar game plan (either way).

“It worked out quite well – I spoke to Bovey Tracey’s manager on the Wednesday, who gave me a little report, a few tips on how they play. I took that straight into training on Thursday."

An 11-minute flurry of goals that began just after the half hour mark gave Hamworthy a commanding lead, with a Dan Cann double sandwiched between goals from Fawzi Saadi and Connor Cocklin.

Cann finished off his hat-trick before Lee Francis cancelled out Abingdon’s consolation goal.

“The way we have been playing recently, we felt that sooner rather than later someone was going to be on the end of a big scoreline from us," said Senior.

“I knew that they were defensively frail at the back, and we looked to exploit that quite often.”

Hamworthy will host Plymouth Parkway in round three on November 30, after they overcame Brockenhurst.

Parkway led Brock 2-0 at half-time through goals from Jordan Copp and Adam Carter before Teigan Rosenquest sealed the 3-0 win 15 minutes from time.

Christchurch were also in the third round draw, pitted at home against Falmouth Town, if Priory can overcome Badshot Lea tomorrow evening (7.45pm).