Atherton Collieries secured their place in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup with an assured performance away at Guisborough Town, winning 4-0.

Dave Chadwick’s Clarets attacked from the off, and Rio Pemberton notched his first competitive goal for the club after just six minutes, prodding home a cross from Mwiya Malumo.

Ben Rydel had a constant presence in the game in both defence and attack, and set-up the Collieries second with a well-taken corner that found the head of Jack Evans, whose blocked effort was fired home by Lewis Mansell on the rebound.

On the half-hour mark, an injury to stopper Nico Defreitas-Hansen enforced the introduction of Atherton lad Jack Buckley, who was substituted on for his Stripes debut - which he celebrated with a confident performance and a clean sheet.

Jordan Scanlon was controversially denied a Colls third, making a perfectly-timed run on to a Malumo pass and converting, only for the flag to be raised.

The second half became a matter of efficiency and conservation for the Colls, who were happy to allow Guisborough the lion’s share of possession safe in the knowledge every header, tackle and race for the ball was being won by a Claret shirt.

It was Scanlon again who produced the most notable chance of the second half, skimming the bar following a well-worked attack, while Josh Askew also troubled the goalkeeper from range.

Having held the hosts at arm’s length for the bulk of proceedings, the Colls ended the game with a flourish. Pemberton was next up in the hunt for a third goal, and should have scored his second from a late one-versus-one opportunity that failed to test the goalkeeper.

However, it was Josh Solomon-Davies who notched the goal that was almost an inevitability, Malumo providing once more for the Saint Lucian international for a simple finish.

If it was Josh Solomon-Davies who provided the icing on the cake, it was Rydel who added a cherry. Following another bright attack by Scanlon on the right, the versatile youngster received the ball from Pemberton and shuffled to create an extra yard of space before making a sweet top-corner finish look simple.

The final whistle soon followed, with the loud and proud travelling faithful sent home in a jubilant mood as the lads overcame the first of 12 hurdles on the road to Wembley glory.

Plaudits are well and truly also due to Guisborough Town for their performance, and they showcased some bright, attacking football throughout. It was not hard to see how their team had produced giant-killings in the previous two rounds and Colls thanked them for their hospitality.

On Saturday, the Stripes host NPL leaders Radcliffe to the Skuna Stadium (3pm).