Prestatyn set up West End fourth round clash


Aaron Haley

A YOUTHFUL Prestatyn Town line-up booked a Welsh Cup fourth round date at Bastion Gardens with South Wales side West End after seeing off Afan Lido in a 4-3 thriller.

With several first-teamers out, the Seasiders fielded a number of promising youngsters who showed what they were made of to see off their struggling hosts, with Andy Parkinson, 18 year-olds Rhys Lewis and Anthony Stephens and Gareth Wilson on target.

Boss Neil Gibson said: “We’re very pleased to progress into the next round, considering we had myself, Jason Price, Michael Parker and Ross Stephens out.

Most sides would struggle with those four players missing, so we’re very pleased to go through, particularly as we had six or seven players under the age of 20 playing.

“I think it was a bit of a glimpse of the future of what our Prestatyn side will look like.

“Rhys Lewis scored a fantastic goal, and Karl Murray, Anthony Stephens, Keiron Ellis, Rhys Owen and Tom Kemp have shown they can do it at this level, they just need to get a bit more experience and consistency now.

"We’re pleased with the home tie, and though people will think this is one of the easier draws, we’re mindful that we lost to lower league opposition last year and won’t be taking it lightly.

Dave Hayes missed a chance to put Prestatyn ahead when his fifth minute penalty was saved, and shortly after Lido took the lead through Chris Hartland, only for experienced striker Parkinson to restore parity from a Karl Murray ball.

The hosts again edged ahead, only for Lewis to slot in a wonderful individual effort. Stephens added another cool finish early in the second half, and though Afan Lido pulled level, Wilson’s late penalty settled the tie.

Prestatyn travel to gap Connah’s Quay on Friday night, and Gibson hopes to welcome back some familiar faces for the trip.

“Hopefully we’ll have Michael Parker, Ross Stephens back, so there’s competition for places,” he said. “They’re an attacking side and will be looking to pick up points to push into the top half, so it’ll be a tough game at their ground.”

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