VICTORIOUS Canvey Island manager Mark Bentley praised his players after they booked their place in the second round of the FA Cup.

Conor Hubble and Elliott Ronto scored to beat Banbury 2-1.

And Bentley could not contain his delight at the full-time whistle as the Gulls went beyond the first round for the first time since the 2001/02 season.

“We have made the club proud but it is not over yet and we will keep going," said Bentley

“To put on that sort of performance with our backs against the wall – they threw everything at us and we have done it again.

“First half I thought we were very good, we were dangerous. Obviously they were dangerous as well but we compacted it in the second half.”

Ricky Johnson was on target for Banbury midway through the second period – just moments before Ronto’s 70th-minute winner – but in the end it was not enough for the Southern League Premier Central side.

Banbury boss Andy Whing said: “I think we were the better team by a million miles, we were the best team on the pitch. They got a goal in the first half against the run of play.

“We have got to be better. We can’t say every game that we were the better team and keep losing.”