Louis Joyce completed a hat-trick in Tuesday’s Buckingham Charity Cup tie with Loughton Manor.
The Puritans moved into the semi-finals after a comfortable 5-0 win over the South Midlands League Division Two outfit with all five goals coming in the first half at Spencer Stadium.
Manager Mike Ford made several changes to his side but United took the lead in the third minute. A short corner saw Darius Browne play a one-two with Mark Bell before crossing low into the box where Joyce scored from close range.
Loughton responded well but United doubled their advantage in the 21st minute when good work by Jacob Blackstock down the right set up Joyce who beat Richard Radford at his near post from six yards.
United increased their lead on the half-hour mark when a similar short corner routine between Browne and Bell picked out Nicholas Kalakoutis who found Joyce and he worked his way into the six yard box before shooting past Radford to complete his hat-trick.
A fourth goal arrived six minutes later when Joel Meade’s cross was headed home by the unmarked Browne. And a minute before the interval United scored their fifth goal, Browne exchanged passes with Bell before beating Radford.
United are now through to the two legged semi-finals, the draw for which has not yet been made. The Puritans are the first side through as the other three quarter-final games have yet to be played.