ASSISTANT manager Noel Hunt hailed the attitude of Swindon Town players after they thrashed Westbury United 7-0 to book a place in the semi-finals of the Wiltshire Premier Shield.

Hunt, who is number two to boss Richie Wellens at SN1, oversaw proceedings against opponents from Level Nine of the football pyramid as the club returned to county competition for the first time in several seasons.

Adam May struck twice in the first half at Meadow Lane, while Diallang Jaiyesimi and Scott Twine were also on target as the visitors took a four-goal lead into the interval.

Ralph Graham came off the bench to continue the one-way traffic in the second half before Twine made two goals of his own and Harry Parsons wrapped up the magnificent seven.

Hunt named a strong Town team and felt they approached the game with exactly the right mindset, and was thrilled to come through a tricky encounter with no injury concerns.

"The first thing I wrote down was 'professionalism'. I think it is important to come into these games in the right frame of mind," said Hunt.

"The second thing was 'energy', and I think we gave that from the start. And the third thing was to enjoy it.

"Tonight was difficult. The pitch was frosty and it was quite foggy, but the boys went in with the right attitude and did the job.

"I thought Scott Twine did well, he took his second goal really well. And I was delighted for Harry Parsons, he worked really hard all night.

"He is a young lad coming through the ranks and learning his trade. He deserved his goal.

"Adam May did well and got a couple of goals, DJ (Jaiyesimi) was bright in the first half.

"For those boys to get minutes under their belts, get a few goals and get confidence in a match environment is very good.

"You run the risk of injuries on a night like tonight but we got 45 minutes into Paul Caddis, which is great, and 45 minutes into DJ as well. It was important to get the boys what they needed.

"It is all good. We have no injuries and we are through to the next round."

The competition may not be top of Town's priorities as they fight for promotion from League Two, but Hunt feels it is important the club embrace their role within the county community.

"It was a tough night to stand there and watch football, so fair play to everyone for coming out. It is really appreciated," said Hunt.

"We went out to win it, we aren't just here to make up the numbers. It is a cup competition, so we put out the best team available at the time and try to win the game."

Elsewhere, Swindon Supermarine saw their quarter-final clash away at Bradford Town postponed because of fog, while Highworth Town were eliminated following a 1-0 defeat at home to Chippenham Town.