IT was a case of 'pressure? What pressure?' for Worcester City boss Chris Cornes after his side thrashed Stourport Swifts in the Isuzu FA Vase to reach the last eight of the competition.

In front of a record crowd of 1900 at Walshes Meadow, City dominated the round of 16 cup tie as goals from Kyle Belmonte, Kirk Layton and Jamie Insall gave them a 3-0 lead at half-time. Belmonte and Liam Lockett added goals after the break to complete the rout before Ben Tilbury scored a late consolation for the hosts.

But it was not going to take any shine off what was a brilliant performance from Worcester.

"Yeah I am delighted," he beamed at full-time. "All the talk of the pressure being all on us and being the favourites, but we went out there and showed that we didn't feel any pressure. We played the same way we have for 30-odd games this season.

"The lads were terrific today from start to finish. You cannot ask for anymore. A couple of blocks were needed in the first half but on a boggy pitch, we have played some fantastic football and scored some really good goals."

City scored two identical goals from corners in the first-half via Layton and Insall to set them on their way, taking advantage of some weak Stourport defending to give themselves the cushion they needed to kick on.

Belmonte then scored two brilliant goals to take the game away from the hosts and Lockett added a fifth as City dismantled their opponents to reach the quarter-finals.

"We had a game plan and we identified their weaknesses and exploited them, especially from set-pieces," added Cornes. "We got in down the wide channels where we thought they were a bit weak and Kyle Belmonte and Elliot Hartley did really well with that. Jamie Insall ran himself into the ground, again. 

"I spoke to these players before the game and I told them they would score today. I know these big players will turn up in these big games.

"I thought we would win 4-0 and we won 5-1 so I got the four-goal deficit correct so I will take that! 

"We turned up in the big occasion today and won it."