Sutton Common Rovers bowed out of the FA Cup in the Extra-preliminary round on Saturday when a lacklustre performance saw them comprehensively beaten by fellow CB Hounslow, writes Gary Brigden.

After a quiet first period, CB opened the scoring on 20 minutes. Rovers were attacking a quick interception and clearance led to CB's veteran forward Mark Bitmead in a footrace with Rovers skipper Aaron Bogle.

Unfortunately Bogle slipped, and Bitmead, under pressure from Rio Davidson-Phipps maintained his balance long enough to poke the ball beyond Ollie Ellaway.

It was 2-0 on the half hour, and again Rovers were architects of their own downfall. The speedy Jacob Lambe forced a needless foul out of the Rovers defence, and from Bitmead's free kick Jack Watts was left with a free header from seven yards to effectively seal the game.

Rovers made changes at the break with Matt Ferdinando and Matt Auletta replacing the ineffectual Craig Nelson and Johnny Akoto, but it made little difference, although Ferdinando did inject some effort into the game.

CB were comfortable and content to sit and let Rovers go play themselves from side to side without going anywhere. In fact Daryl Cooper-Smith's speculative 30 yard strike in the 77th minute was their first shot in anger.

Bitmead almost increased the lead with five minutes remaining, but Ellaway pulled off an excellent save to keep it at 2-0.

Rovers misery was compounded in stoppage time when Cooper-Smith saw red firstly he allowed himself to get embroiled in Tommy O'Neills antics, and as the CB full back hit the deck the Rovers man picked up a yellow, and then more antics from Thomas Kanek saw Cooper-Smith pick up a straight red.

That aside, CB were good value for their win, they were tactically and technically far better than Rovers on the day which happens, most worrying though for the Rovers management was the huge gulf in desire between the two teams, and if that happens again Rovers are in for a long season.