AFTER their Saturday afternoon struggle, Tuesday evening turned out to be a stroll for Barnstaple Town.
A 5-0 win in their FA Carlsberg Vase replay against Newquay made the stoppage-time drama of the original tie in Cornwall worthwhile.
This time there was an end product to go with the busy build-up play as Barnstaple eased through to a meeting with Almondsbury UWE in the next round.
The Mill Road match was only two minutes old when the ball dropped on the edge of the box and Sam Stephens belted it into the bottom corner for a 1-0 lead.
Ryan Turner – so critical to the rescue act at the weekend – went on to score twice, with Maksym Kowal and Tom Rossiter contributing to the one-sided scoreline.
Barnstaple could even afford to miss a penalty as Billy Tucker's effort was beaten away by Sam Trudgian on the stroke of half time.
Returning from suspension, Tucker was soon taking on defenders with his cheeky dribbling skills.
After scrambling an effort against the bar, the visitors were caught on the counter-attack for the second goal with Tucker crossing for Kowal and Turner sweeping home from close range.
As Newquay know to their cost, teams with a 2-0 lead can be vulnerable and Barnstaple had to survive a shaky spell midway through the half. Glen Squire and Luke Weldhen were both wasteful with headers and Squire bundled a shot wide of Ryan Draper's goal.
But the hosts regained their composure and went close to scoring again when Aaron Harper-Penman had a header cleared off the line.
Kowal had not scored since the opening-day demolition of Corsham Town and the Canadian was delighted to end the wait with the third goal six minutes before half time. Again it came from an incisive move, this time Kowal combining neatly with Jed Harper-Penman and meeting the return cross with a downward header.
A handball by Elliot Simcox gave Tucker the chance to score the fourth but his penalty, and the rebound by Turner, were brilliantly saved by Trudgian.
Liam Gregory, the young left back, showed how the defensive side of his game is improving with his contribution to the next goal. He stood his ground against the pacey Ollie Gibson, then released Kowal who sent Turner clear for another cool finish.
"He was more of a left winger (last season)," said Tom Bulley, the Barnstaple manager. "I want to play attacking football and, as a left back or left wing back, I can't ask any more. For a 17-year-old kid, he's done a great job and he's one that will get better over the next few years."
The contrast in emotions for the two managers from Saturday's fixture was clear. At Mount Wise, Bulley had been sent to the stand for comments made to the referee. Four days later and with his team being outplayed, it was Newquay's Alan Carey who was ordered from the dugout.
The final goal from Rossiter in the 76th minute will have done little to improve his mood. Sent on in place of Jed Harper-Penman, Rossiter muscled in behind the defence to lob the stranded Trudgian and claim his first goal since rejoining from Ilfracombe Town.
"I'm delighted," said Bulley. "The good thing is it's not one person scoring the goals, we have got a team of goalscorers.
"I brought Billy Tucker back in and it was an ideal game for him. Maksym got a goal. He's needed that. Hopefully that will bring out the confidence. And Tom Rossiter offers us something different up top and he got a goal, which was great."