Baston FC answered their doubters with a superb 3-0 cup win over higher division Peterborough Sports Reserves on Saturday.
Baston went into the PFA Challenge Cup on the back of a poor run of results across the club, with questions raised over the togetherness of the players and if they were up for the battle in the second half of the season.
Based on this performance alone it showed they certainly are.
A great team performance with a solid work ethic resulted in Baston taking the higher division scalp.
Baston now move into the quarter-finals of this competition.
The game commenced with Baston quickly settling into their new formation and pressing PSL at every opportunity.
On 20 minutes it was a Simpson corner swung into the box which found Dan Flood hanging in the air to head towards goal, only to see his effort cannon off the bar and PSL clear.
Baston struck the bar twice in the early stages before PSL should have gone 1-0 up but their two unmarked forwards at the back post failed to connect with a cross.
Baston finally opened the scoring when Dan Mason found James Simpson in space in the PSL box to rifle home and give Baston a 1-0 lead.
Soon after, Baston were 2-0 up after a PSL defender conceded a free kick deep inside their own half.
Matt Medler swung the ball into the box where an unmarked Ciaran Reynolds directed the ball beyond the PSL keeper.
Baston could and should have been 3-0 up at half time but Ant Garmory directed a diving header wide when it seemed easier to score.
PSL came out firing after the break but Baston’s stand-in manager Davies used his subs wisely over the half to freshen up the team.
Baston keeper Liam Davies denied the visitors twice early in the second half, stopping PSL from scoring with a stunning reflex save.
The Goats were getting penned deeper and deeper in their own half but on 67 minutes Ant Garmory put the game to bed with a goal on the counter.
Matt Medler sparked the move, holding the ball up well before finding Haydn Rice who delicately slotted Garmory in on the PSL keeper to score the killer goal.
Baston stand-in manager Davies said: “Any one of the 16 could have been awarded man of the match for the game. It was a real team performance.”
Davies finally awarded the man of the match award to Jason Gough.
Baston: Liam Davies, Simon Ward (James Ward), Jason Gough, Dan Flood, Ciaran Reynolds, James Simpson (Tom Horton), Tom Palmer (Haydn Rice), Scott Collins, Dan Mason, Ant Garmory (Greg Rawlinson), Matt Medler (Martin Holyoake).