Sun Sports reached the second round of the FA Vase for the first time in the club's history on Saturday.

And Paul Hobbs' team have been given a golden chance to break new ground after being handed a home tie in the next round of the FA Vase.

The Spartan South Midlands Premier Division leaders' 3-1 win over Harefield United landed them a crucial £900 in prize money and a date with Stanway Rovers in round two.

The Colchester-based side, who are sixth in the Premier Division of the Thurlow Nunn League, reached this stage of the competition after a penalty shoot-out win over Hertford Town.

"I'm quite pleased with the draw," said Hobbs. "You always have a slight advantage when you play at home but they are clearly a decent side."

Stanway recently signed Karl Duguid, the former Colchester midfielder, and are managed by Norwich City scout and former Manchester United youngster Angelo Harrop.

"We had Harefield watched twice and we'll get Stanway looked at, too," said Hobbs. "That's the level of professionalism we are trying to instil at the club and it's being matched by the attitude of the players."

Hobbs was "thrilled with the character" of his charges on Saturday as they recovered from losing Richard Pearce to illness on the morning of the match, Dan Weeks to injury at half time and the opening goal to Ryan Kinnane on 22 minutes.

Nathan Pooley slammed in the equaliser with his first touch after coming on as a substitute, Ashley Lewis stroked in the second after a marauding run from Simeon Fearon and then James Armstrong put the icing on the cake with the third. You can watch highlights of Sun Sports' win over Harefield below.

Sun take their eight-match winning streak to Ware FC tonight (Tuesday) for the Herts Senior Cup tie knowing the home side's eyes will be on Lewis; Sun's sought-after midfielder who they have made two approaches for in the last week.