Oakham United recorded their biggest ever win on Saturday as they stormed to a 14-1 home victory over Pinchbeck Reserves.
However, it needed a half-time dressing down from manager Seb Hayes to kick-start their club record victory.
They had only scored three goals in the first period against their depleted Division One visitors who had created a couple of good openings themselves.
But they found their shooting boots in the second period in their must-win match against the Knights side.
Hayes said: “We were awful in the first half and I went absolutely mental at half-time.
“We were poor and had no press and I was fuming so I gave it to them.
“The second half was much better but I still don’t think it was nowhere near good enough and we’re not currently at the standard we were six weeks ago.
“People might ask why I’m moaning after scoring 14 goals but it’s about standards and having good habits.
“If you keep doing the right things, when you get into harder games, that repetition pays off and we’re not doing that at the moment.”
It had taken United 30 minutes to break the deadlock against a Pinchbeck side who had started with 11 players but had seen their number reduce by one before the interval where Oakham added a further two goals.
The floodgates then opened in the second period with Pinchbeck also having a player sent off in the dying throes.
Jacob Joyce led the scoring spree with a four-goal haul which included an audacious effort from the halfway line straight from kick-off after Pinchbeck had netted their late consolation.
Adam Rothery hit a hat-trick while Sven Hart and player assistant boss Rob Ames bagged braces with Andy Buckle, Ash Chamberlain and teenager Ceri Hayes – who netted his first goal in senior football – also on target.
The win moved Oakham into second spot in Group A ahead of this weekend’s final fixture at home to Whittlesey Reserves.
A point would guarantee Oakham’s place in the quarter-finals but they do also have a vastly superior goal difference over third-placed Oundle who they beat earlier in the cup campaign.
Hayes added: “There were pluses from Saturday in that we got a club record score and have got one foot over the line to qualify.
“It was good to see Jacob Joyce score four goals as well but I’m a realist and we’re not going to be playing teams like that every week.
“There are a lot of things we still need to get right and we have got four hard league games left as well which will probably do us the world of good because our last two performances have been lack-luster”