The HertSavers League progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Inter-League Cup for the first time with a convincing 3-0 victory over the Worthing and District League.
The pitch at Bushey Sports Club beat the recent wet weather and was in fine condition for a cup tie played in blustery conditions.
Lee Inch was a constant thorn in the side of the visitors, using the wind that was at the backs of the home side to fire in a series of efforts that tested the keeper in the opening exchanges.
Jamie Arthur provided the muscle as the HSCL dominated both possession and territorial advantage, hitting the far post with one effort.
It was Gavin Chatterpaul who opened the scoring after 16 minutes following a corner, and the advantage was doubled midway through the half when Arthur claimed a deserved goal to put HSCL 2-0 up at half-time
The question was whether Worthing could exploit the conditions from the restart, and they quickly set about applying some pressure on Sam Styles’ goal.
The HertSavers League shot-stopper made a couple of smart saves in the opening 10 minutes of the half, but the home side were quickly back on the front foot.
Neat passing released Darren Turner, who retained possession on the dead-ball line before slipping the ball back to Inch, but his first-time shot flew over the bar.
The visitors never gave up and were creating the odd chance – Jack Brown made a timely header from a corner – but HSCL substitute Drew Tyler wrapped up the win when he picked the ball off the toes of a Worthing defender, charged into the area and slipped a neat finish in at the near post.
The win secures Herts a home semi-final spot against the Dorset Premier League, which will be played at Colney Heath FC on Saturday, March 22, kick-off 3pm.
The final will be played at the home of the winners of the semi-final between Isle of Man League and the Humber Premier League.