Moulton Harrox beat ICA Sports to maintain their unbeaten start to the Peterborough Senior Cup campaign
Moulton Harrox assistant boss Bobby Patterson believes the strength in depth at the club could prove crucial in their quest for Peterborough Senior Cup success.
Harrox recorded their second successive group victory on Saturday with a 4-0 away triumph at Peterborough ICA Sports.
The win leaves them as the early pacesetters in their group despite being without several key players in Saturday's success.
Defensive duo Jonny Clay and Ali Morgan were both unavailable but Charlie Dhanji and Laurence Price stepped up with aplomb from the reserves.
They helped Harrox keep a clean sheet with an efficient defensive display where Ash Coddington produced another accomplished performance to help restrict ICA to very few opportunities.
Patterson said: "We did really well.
"We put some of the reserve team players in and they stood up to the test. It showed we have got some strength in depth which is what we need.
"We also got some of the lads who had been on the bench the last couple of weeks minutes in the tank as well.
"It is hard for them because they have been training well but it is difficult to change a team that has been winning and is settled.
"They know what we are trying to do though which is why we are organising friendlies as well so that they can start games and get their minutes in there.
"It's good because when you are trying to go and win stuff you can't do it with the same 11 men and we had to prove that on Saturday because we needed those players backing us up."
Harrox again came flying out of the traps after ICA had initially enjoyed the better of the early possession.
They scored three goals in the opening 15 minutes of last weekend's win over Netherton and again answered boss Kev Nottingham and Patterson's call for a fast start.
Harrox broke quickly after five minutes and Ian Bradbury beat his man out wide before whipping in a cross to the back post where Andy Law netted with a free header.
Two goals in five minutes just past the half-hour mark then asserted Harrox's control on proceedings as Dec Earth produced two top-drawer finishes to give the visitors a 3-0 interval lead.
Harrox then looked to kill the game off after the break and scored their fourth goal through the persistence of Law and Joe Townsend.
The duo chased down the home goalkeeper and blocked his hurried clearance which fell kindly for Townsend to tap home.
Moulton then comfortably saw out the remainder of the game to leave Patterson praising his side for their strong start.
He said: "Myself and Kev have been trying to drill into the players about how important it is to catch teams on the back foot early on.
"If we get that goal ahead then suddenly heads can drop because they're stereotypically playing a team who is hard to beat.
"Teams might see it as being a long way back so psychologically you can get in to people's heads like that and the boys managed the game really well on Saturday."
Harrox have no cup game on Saturday but return to action on May 1 with a trip to Eunice Huntingdon who were surprise 3-2 winners against Netherton at the weekend.