It seemed a damage limitation job from then on for Newhaven but Hastings were in no mood for mercy and added the fourth goal ten minutes into the second half.
Hull was given the chance to complete his hat-trick when Legg was scythed down by Winser in the box - and to add insult to Newhaven’s metaphorical injury, referee Kirk Ritchie had little option but to show the Dockers man a red card.
Hull duly did the rest from the spot to round off a ‘perfect’ hat-trick (left foot, right foot, header) and put the result beyond any lingering doubt, earning himself the match ball and man of the match award in the process.
Legg thumped a post and Tasker saved well from Peacock whilst Newhaven sub Harrison Faulkner tested Ben Cornelius with an excellent effort shortly after he had come on.
Hull tapped in his fourth and Hastings’ fifth and all that was left was for Vardy - the centre-back briefly moonlighting up top - to grab a late consolation.
Not only did Hastings take home the silverware for the first time, but Brown’s free-scoring side plundered 25 goals in only five Challenge Cup matches.
Brown was full of praise for his side, and said:
“We felt we haven’t done ourselves justice in this competition in recent years, so we really took it seriously this time and earmarked it as one we set our hearts on winning. Any team would want to win a county cup so I’m proud and delighted for the players.
“We’re top of our league at the moment after nine games and a game in hand, we beat 2nd-placed VCD on Monday so the title is definitely the priority now - the players are staying focused and gunning for the title.
“Winning is a habit and it’s important at any level in development football but part of my job is to guide the boys through the system and hopefully get them ready for the first team.
"A good few of these boys have featured for our seniors this season - Kane (Penn), Freddie (Legg), Harvey Greig, Harry Simmons, Jack Bates and James (Hull), so there’s a proven pathway for the players to step up.”
On James Hull, Brown added: “He’s so much more than simply a goalscorer, an out-and-out number nine. He can hold the ball up, link the play, work the channels and drop into midfield at times to start attacks. We’re lucky to have him, he’s a huge talent with a bright future ahead.”