Southampton B team have been confirmed as Premier League Cup Group F winners with two games to spare and now know their first knockout round date.
Dave Horseman's side boast a perfect record after their first four games and, after results elsewhere in the group, they can no longer be caught at the top of the group.
They will be rewarded with a home tie in the first knockout round and will play the runners up of Group E over the weekend of February 3rd-6th 2023.
The young Saints hit perfect form as their Group F exploits kicked off with a 2-1 win on the road against Premier League 2 Division One side, Everton, as Jimmy-Jay Morgan hit a second-half brace against the Toffees.
Morgan and his teammates then turned on the style with a dominant 4-0 win over Birmingham at Staplewood, as the in-form young forward hit a hat-trick alongside a stunning free-kick from Kamari Doyle.
A double header with Colchester United followed, with two high-scoring victories that all-but-confirmed their progress.
Saints were 5-0 winners at the Jobserve Community Stadium, with another Morgan brace and goals from Otseh-Taiwo, Pearce, and Amo-Ameyaw.
Then, a rotated side beat the U's 7-1 at St Mary's Stadium as Sam Bellis grabbed a first half hat-trick, Will Merry scored a brace of his own, and Pearce was joined on the scoresheet by 15-year-old Jay Robinson.
Ultimately, top spot in the group was confirmed by a result elsewhere with Everton beating Colchester 7-2 meaning that no side can catch them in the final two fixtures.
Saints' Premier League Cup schedule now looks like this:
Everton 1-2 Saints
Saints 4-0 Birmingham City
Colchester United 0-5 Saints
Saints 7-1 Colchester United
Birmingham City vs Saints
Saints vs Everton
: Saints vs Group E Runners-Up