Corinthian-Casuals booked their place in the next round of the FA Trophy on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Hertford Town thanks to goals from Josh Uzun, Max Oldham and Reyon Dillon.

Casuals pocketed £4,000 for their victory but didn’t come easy after The Blues took an early lead through Ricky Light scoring from close range.

Josh Uzun levelled the scores nearing the half hour mark converting a Gabriel Odunaike cross and three minutes later took the lead via Max Oldham’s well struck shot.

However, Casuals had to battle the rest of the tie when they were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Tommy Smith - the defender retaliating to a late challenge. Smith took to Twitter after the match apologising for his rash conduct.

Fine saves from captain and Man of the Match Danny Bracken kept Hertford at bay but the tie was decided when substitute Reyon Dillon struck in the 89th minute.

The win sees Casuals into the next round where they’ll face Bostik Premier side Wingate and Finchley at King George’s Arena, Tolworth on November 11th.

“A good win today”, said Manager James Bracken after the match.

“When you go down to ten men, it’s important to stay organised. Winning with ten men makes the win a little sweeter, especially as we extended our lead which is pleasing. Everyone stepped up when they were needed and thoroughly deserved the victory.

Along with the visiting fans, Bracken praised his brother’s ‘Man of the Match’ efforts between the sticks. “When you play with ten, they’ll bomb a lot of balls into our box and you’ll need your goalkeeper to make saves. Danny’s done that.

"Today, they had some decent efforts and he had to make better saves than perhaps he normally would. Some games, he’ll have everything kicked straight at him and he’ll routinely collect them.

“To be fair to my brother, he’s pulled off a number of excellent saves. That’s what he’s there to do and he knows that.

“There’s a great buzz around at the moment but we also keep a lid on it. You won’t see us down the lap-dancing club on the Champagne tonight, thinking we’ve all arrived.

“Of course we haven’t. We accept the win, we’ll pick the bones out of elements that could be better.

"We praise the good things and try to replicate those in the next match and we’ll make sure we focus on the next match, because if we don’t win the next, we’ll find ourselves on a losing streak.

“We won’t get carried away with another win but we’ve only had two defeats in the last fifteen games. If we only have two defeats in the next fifteen, we’ll be very close to the top of the league and hopefully pushing on in the cups, so we’ll keep it on the level and carry on as we are.

“Let’s get this right; there’s no such thing as an easy game. I didn’t rate Hertford today. I know circumstances made it a tougher game than it should’ve been, but we still won 3-1, so it was comfortable in the end.

"If we play 11 v 11 and hit 80%, I think we’d have honestly scored five or six. But as they proved today, no one is a walkover – circumstances dictated that it’s gone the distance and they’ve stuck at it.”

Casuals return to league action on Saturday as they welcome Ramsgate to Tolworth.