Harlow Town suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat away at Ware in their final Velocity Trophy group stage match.

Liam Hope and Leigh Rose had Ware comfortable at the break with a two-goal lead, and the hosts added further goals in the second period through David Kendall, Hope and Kyle Roberts.

The Hawks fielded six changes from their impressive 2-0 win over Westfield but will still have disappointed with the ease at which Ware seemed able to find the net.

The game’s first goal arrived midway through the first half when a Roberts cross from the right wing landed perfectly on the head of Hope, and he powered his header past Josh Bexon.

Rose added a second six minutes before the break to put Ware in a comfortable position, finishing underneath the onrushing Bexon after more good work from Roberts on the wing.

The assault on thee Harlow goal continued after the break and it only took eight minutes of the second period for the hosts to put themselves well out of sight.

Tom Bruno sent another excellent delivery into the box, and Kendal was well-positioned at the far post to nod in his first goal for the club.

If the home side had any worries about relinquishing their grip on the game, they were put firmly to bed just before the hour mark when Harlow failed to deal with another ball into the box.

Williams Danquah provided the delivery this time, and Hope was there to convert his second of the game and put the tie well beyond the downtrodden Hawks.

Ware rubbed salt into the wounds late on by added a fifth, this time Roberts converting from Jordan Watson’s cross to make it five.

Harlow return to Isthmian League South Central Division action this weekend as they welcome Bracknell Town to the Harlow Arena, where a win could send them to the top of the table.