Cheltenham Town Ladies secured another comprehensive cup victory as they beat Poole 7-0 at the DN Fire Stadium on Sunday.
Kerry Bartlett, Annie Martin, Abby Bevan, Georgia Brown and Sally Butterfield all contributed to the score line to send them through to the third round of the FA Women's National League plate.
Manager Alex Cheal claims his side have signalled their intent ahead of the rest of the season following their domination.
“We have to go and perform like that against these teams,” he said.
“We would have been happy with a 3-0 and that’s that last season. It shows the level of maturity and professionalism of this group – that they want to go out and put goals on teams.
“By doing that it does send out a message. Teams will be looking at results and thinking ‘actually we don’t want to play against Cheltenham because they’ve just gone and put seven past a team’.
“It’s definitely a marker and the message we wanted to send out today.”
Bartlett, who scored her first for the club last week, added to her tally with an early brace to put the Robins in control, tapping home Bevan’s cross before heading in Martin’s corner at the back post.
Sammy Hallsworth raced to the by-line to set up Martin who too finished from close range to make it three. Bevan grabbed another shortly after, reacting quickest to a loose ball in the area.
Martin turned provider from a corner once again with Brown nodding the ball beyond the keeper’s reach.
Cheltenham looked to continue their first half domination at the start of the second half got a sixth as Butterfield latched onto Bartlett’s perfectly dispatched through ball and lobbed the keeper from just outside the box.
Bevan then played through Martin who placed the ball under the on-rushing goalkeeper to round off the scoring.
The Robins are in cup action yet again next weekend, hosting Exeter City in the SSE FA Cup.
Kick-off on Sunday is at 2pm at the DN Fire Stadium at Cheltenham Saracens.