SPHINX have set up an FA Cup derby clash with Bedworth United after defeating Heather St Johns 2-0 in the preliminary stage of the historic competition.
Nathaniel McKenzie fired the visitors in front on 37 minutes and a second goal from Rickie Cutting shortly after the hour mark ensured Sphinx had their name in the hat for the second preliminary round.
“We started the game bright and alert but didn’t take our chances for the first 25 minutes,” said Hopkins.
“But “All in all, we got the result that mattered.
“We’ve got Bedworth United in the next round and we are under no illusion that we need to be a thousand times better to compete in the game at all.
“We will look to improve the performance and with the merry go round having just started, we are always looking to strengthen the squad going forward, allowing us to compete on all fronts, league and cups.”
In the Midland Football League, Alvis Sporting claimed their second win of the season after coming from behind to beat Pershore Town 2-1 in Division One.
The hosts took the lead on 37 minutes when a defensive mishap allowed Philip Marsh to score from close range.
However a minute before the break Alvis equalised when a free kick from Evans hit the bar and Kimberlin was quickest to react to head the ball home.
And the match winning goal was scored in the 63rd minute when striker Michael Healy took advantage of a through ball from Barrett to net with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area.
Leaders Coventry Copsewood maintained their unbeaten run in Division One thanks to a 2-1 victory at Highgate.
This Saturday Sphinx travel to Long Eaton United, Alvis host Cadbury Athletic and Copsewood visit Pelsall Villa.