STAFFS Police footballers progressed to the last eight in the Police Sport UK National Cup after defeating local rivals West Midlands Police by an emphatic 6-1 score in the regional final.
In a match at Eccleshall FC, Staffs took the tie to their bigger force neighbours by rattling in three goals in a dominant opening 45 minutes.
The sharper movement, slicker passing and better creative play saw Staffs open the lead through Nick Bennett with a fierce drive from the edge of the area, before GB Police International Andy Parkinson headed the second from a corner.
Just before half-time Steve Collins grabbed the third from a good advantage call from the referee, with a neat finish across the keeper following what appeared to be decent penalty shout.
The second half saw a further two goals from Collins to wrap up his hat-trick and striker Aaron Rigby got the other. A saved penalty from the West Midlands Police just about summed up their miserable evening up before a late consolation put a thin veneer of respectability onto the final score.
Stafford was well represented with local lads Danny Clarke, Phil Dixon, Scott Biddullph and manager John Harrison in the team alongside Stafford based officers Mike Elkin and Rich Wardle.
Staffs Police, whose only victory in this competition was back in 1953, will host Dorset Police in the national quarter finals at the end of this month.