HAMWORTHY United continued their march in the FA Cup, stunning Merthyr Town last night.

Tim Sills's Hammers compete two levels below Merthyr in the league pyramid.

But the Wessex Premier outfit, who drew 0-0 in Wales at the weekend, shocked their Southern Premier South opponents with a 2-0 victory in the replay.

The first qualifying round tie, which took place at Wimborne Town's New Cuthbury, was goalless at the break.

But the deadlock was broken midway through the second half when Lee Francis headed in at the back post.

And the lead was soon extended. Jamie Beasley, who was sent off in the goalless draw at the weekend, was brought on as a second-half substitute and scored almost instantly, smashing into the top corner.

Merthyr saw a strong penalty shout waved away soon after when Tom Hillman went over in the area, as the Martyrs saw their cup hopes go up in smoke.

The win earned Hamworthy £2,250 in prize money.

Taking to Twitter after the game, Hammers boss Sills wrote: "What. A. Result! This group keep writing their own chapters as a unit. Proud doesn't cover it."

Hamworthy, who have already beaten Brockenhurst and Westbury United in the FA Cup this season, will now head to Cirencester Town of Southern Division One South on September 18.

Also in the second qualifying round, Poole Town will play host Chippenham Town, while Wimborne Town head to Basingstoke Town.