Aylesbury United had a rare off day in the cup when they were hammered 6-0 at Royston Town on last (Tuesday) night.
After seven straight postponements, it was a first game since January 14 for the Ducks.
And any signs of rust were brutally exposed by the high-flying Crows as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the Red Insure Cup with consummate ease.
Some of the Crows’ football was mesmerising, but United played a part in their own downfall with an abject display.
While not at fault directly for any of the goals, it was a night to forget for popular keeper Jack Sillitoe who spent most of his time bending down to pick the ball out of his net.
The hosts were 3-0 up inside 18 minutes and with striker Kaan Fehmi helping himself to a first half hat trick, Royston boss Steve Castle had the luxury of withdrawing his star man at the break with an unassailable 4-0 lead.
Tony Joyce said his side were going into the game with confidence and a fully fit squad ahead of the match. But they continued to struggle in the second half as the hosts added two more goals to complete a miserable journey home for the green and whites.
The Ducks are back in the league action on Saturday (weather permitting) when they “entertain” landlords Leighton Town at Bell Close (3pm).