Sporting Khalsa strode confidently into the quarter-finals of the FA Vase with what was ultimately a comfortable win at Ely City.
In truth, the home side barely laid a glove on Khalsa, with visiting goalkeeper Tom Turner called into little more than routine action during the 90 minutes.
The early stages were tense and scrappy, perhaps to be expected in a tie where both clubs were in uncharted territories.
Home goalkeeper Harry Reynold kept his side in the game during a two minute first half spell, first palming away a Marvin Nisbett header on 24 minutes and then scrambling away a deflection off one of his own players from the resulting corner.
The home side roared for a penalty on 32 minutes, Carlo Franco’s challenge on Sam Reed walking the tightrope between perfection and foul, but the appeals were waved away.
Reynold again came to Ely’s rescue on 37 minutes, pushing over a rising effort from Dave Meese from the edge of the area. Just minutes later Craig Bannister curled one of his trademark long-range efforts just wide and just before the half time whistle Reynold again saved his side, palming over a looping Mike Perks shot.
Having dominated the first half, Khalsa picked up the momentum after the interval.
Yusifu Ceesay lashed a shot wide on 52 minutes before, at the other end, Matthew Simpson found himself clear through on goal, only for his first touch to be heavy and give Turner the easy task of collecting.
Ely were punished on 58 minutes, Bannister lashing a great effort from just outside the area, flying into the top left hand corner with Reynold clawing at air. Ten minutes later, the lead was doubled. Luke Shearer was brought down in the penalty area and Meese dispatched the spot-kick in off the crossbar.
Franco again needed to produce a great tackle to deny Reed, much more cleanly this time, on 71 minutes as the striker readied himself to shoot on an unobstructed target.
But the game was put beyond doubt on 80 minutes, brilliant work down the right-wing by Ceesay saw him tee up Nisbett in the six yard box, an offer the winger had no intention of refusing. With just minutes remaining, Reynold again came to the rescue of his side, stopping a Bannister header from substitute Mensah Kinch’s probing right-wing cross.
Sporting Khalsa: Tom Turner, Joe Rogers, Tim Jackson (Johnny Haynes), Carlo Franco, Tes Robinson (captain), Michael Perks, Luke Shearer (Brad Lawley), Dave Meese, Craig Bannister, Marvin Nisbett, Yusifu Ceesay (Mensah Kinch).