AFC Totton secured a place in the second round of the Southern League Challenge Cup with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Sholing, writes Doug Taxil-Webber.

In a cagey first half, Brett Williams had the best chance, forcing Luke Deacon into a sharp, low save. However, Williams did break the deadlock after pouncing upon Deacon’s loose touch, tucking into an empty net.

Shortly after, Ade Olumuyiwa’s attempted clearance fell straight to Conor Whiteley, who blasted home the equaliser.

Less than a minute later, Ethan Taylor restored the Stags’ lead with an audacious lob.

The floodgates then opened with Jordan Raguette following up from Jack Hoey’s precise free-kick and adding his second with a venomous strike from the edge of the box.

The win over neighbours Sholing came a few days after a resounding 6-0 FA Trophy success against Barnstaple Town.

Hisham Kasimu opened the scoring in the second minute, slotting into the bottom corner, and doubled the Stags’ lead with a long-range effort after a defensive miscue.

He completed a first-half hat-trick with a delightful finish beyond the onrushing keeper.

The second half began the same way as the first, Freddie Read hammering home from close range, before Kasimu buried his fourth and Totton’s fifth.

Ethan Taylor's immaculate touch, turn, and finish made it 6-0, and the scoreline could have been heavier were it not for a strong debut performance from Luke Joseph in the Barnstaple goal, with Totton rattling the woodwork on multiple occasions as well.