Rob Jones headed wide for Physics early on before 96’s combative midfielder Ross Tasker was fortunate to escape censure after he appeared to raise an arm in the face of opposite number Mike Hawes.
The 96’ers took the lead after twenty-four minutes out of nothing when Harvey Gillam swept the ball home from close range through a posse of players.
Rudwick and Levi Pettit both went close from distance in quick succession, but Athletico hit back and equalised eight minutes shy of the interval.
96 captain Fred Rowland slipped and allowed Craig Pooley to burst through and cut the ball back for Jones, who nipped in to score for the fourth round in succession.
Parity lasted barely a minute through, as Hangover restored their advantage in scintillating style. Tasker collected the ball on halfway, drifted away from his marker and slammed a thirty-yard piledriver off the underside of the bar and beyond the despairing dive of Dan McDonnell for an advantage his side would not relinquish.
Gillam flashed a shot wide and Tasker had another effort ruled out for handball, but Hangover then looked to have the tie beyond the reach of Steve English’s men.
Martin - who had come on shortly before half-time, seized on a loose ball and lofted the ball from fully thirty-five-yards over the head of the frantically back-pedalling McDonnell.
George Rudwick - no relation to namesake Jordan - rattled the post and Martin then added gloss to the scoreline with his second and Hangover’s fourth.
Jamie Foskett saved well from Rob Frost and Jones fired wide, before Thomas reduced the arrears in the final minute having headed in from a Jack Mason corner.