HARTLEPOOL United advanced into the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in emphatic fashion following the 5-0 thumping of League One Bradford City.
Colin Cooper’s side remain the only Football League club without a goal this season but they ran riot against the Bantams, Luke James, Jon Franks, Christian Burgess, Jack Compton and Nialle Rodney the home scorers.
But it was Phil Parkinson’s men who set out with greater purpose.
There were only 90 seconds on the clock when Garry Thompson escaped in behind a static Pools backline and drew a flying save from Scott Flinders having volleyed towards the top corner.
It wasn’t until the 12th minute that the hosts threatened, Franks dispatching the spectacular from range but his effort sailed wide.
But the closest either side came to an early opener was when City centre-back Rory Mcardle, charging onto Mark Yeates’ out-swinging corner, flashed wide a near-post header with Flinders beaten.
Flinders was then called into action at his near post, smuggling clear Thompson’s cheeky flick from Yeates’ left-wing delivery.
So when the breakthrough goal did arrive it was against the run of play.
Franks broke down the right, centred to the back post and Compton returned for James to nod home from close range.
It could have been two just moments later when James turned provider for strike partner Andy Monkhouse but his header was flapped clear by Middlesbrough loanee Connor Ripley.
James was tormenting the visitors and, when he wriggled free of two orange shirts and burst into the area on 36 minutes, only a recovering challenge from Matt Taylor denied him a solo second.
It was two, however, within 90 seconds of the restart after half-time.
Franks seized upon Monkhouse’s throughball and, having ignored the better-placed James, the winger hammered into the bottom corner at the second attempt from 14 yards.
Burgess had his goal on 56 minutes, flashing home a close-range header from Compton’s whipped free-kick.
James then turned City skipper Ricky Ravenhill inside and out as he weaved into the area and the upshot was a penalty-kick, the midfielder having tripped his tormentor after a bamboozling shoulder drop.
Compton, formerly of Bradford, stepped up and duly located the top corner from 12 yards.
And it was another ex-Bantam who completed the scoring in fine style three minutes from time, Nialle Rodney sending an overhead-kick into the bottom corner from Franks’ centre.