Ducks boss Tony Joyce saw his hopes turn reality when talismanic striker Stacey Field returned to goalscoring ways to fire United into the next round of the FA Cup on Wednesday night.
Ahead of United’s 2-0 FA Cup replay win over Combined Counties side Westfield at Bell Close, Joyce said he hoped Field would get himself back on the scoreboard after returning to action from a lengthy injury lay-off.
And he did just that, running onto strike partner Jason Blackett’s flick and finishing with superbly on 14 minutes.
The Ducks doubled their lead eight minutes later through Ben Baines.
On top throughout, home keeper Jack Sillitoe ended the match without a serious save to make against opposition two levels below on the football pyramid.
Keith Williams saw a penalty saved in stoppage time but it mattered little as United recorded their first home win of the season.
The victory was worth £3,000 to United with £4,500 up for grabs to the winner when Skrill Conference South side Staines visit in the second qualifying round next weekend.
Joyce, who will be going head-to-head with former Premier League star Marcus Gayle in the dugout, says he is looking forward to taking on his old club and a top ex pro.
“It’ll be nice taking on my old club from my non league days and of course Mr Gayle, who played at the top level and for his country (Jamaica), so it will be really interesting,” he said.
“The incentive is there for both sides and Staines are two levels above us on the pyramid whereas we’ve just played a team two below, so it will be tough no doubt about it.
“But the players will relish such a big game I’m sure of that, as will I.”
United’s last meeting with Staines came in the FA Trophy, when goals from Paul Edgeworth, Leon Gutzmore and Danny Gray gave the Ducks a shock 3-2 win at Wheatsheaf Park.
United are back in league action on Saturday at AFC Hayes (3pm).