PRESTATYN Town comfortably avoided a JD Welsh Cup upset as they thrashed nearby rivals St Asaph City 8-0.
Neil Gibson’s side made light work of their Welsh Alliance Division One opponents in a one-sided affair, and the Seasiders are in Huws Gray Cup action this Friday when they host Ruthin Town (7.45pm).
Saints stopper Luke Jones pulled off a pair of fine saves early on to deny the visitors, but Town did not have to wait long to break the deadlock, and the opening goal arrived when Jack Kenny nodded into an empty net following a defensive mix-up.
The promotion hopefuls doubled their advantage five minutes later when recent signing Damien Ketley found the net on 23 minutes, and Kenny notched his second of the afternoon on 36.
Captain Dave Hayes put the tie beyond doubt with a fine header just before the break, and more hapless play from the home custodian gave top scorer Jordan Davies a tap-in after the restart.
The rampant away side were dominating possession and launching a constant stream of attacks, something that the Saints rearguard were finding difficulty coping with throughout a torrid spell, which saw Alec Williams fire home a sixth on 53 minutes.
Former Rhyl forward Kenny continued his relentless form with his hat-trick on 65 minutes, and the same man was on hand to complete the rout with a neat finish on 87.
Chris Morrell’s side, who currently lie in seventh position in the WAL standings, will have another chance to cause a cup upset this Saturday when they host champions Trearddur Bay in the Lock Stock Cookson Cup.
Gibson’s side are on their travels in the second round, having received a favourable draw at Hawarden Rangers.
Welsh Cup second round draw: Barmouth & Dyffryn or Buckley v Corwen, Flint Town United v Llanfair United, Hawarden Rangers v Prestatyn Town, Holyhead Hotspur v Llanrug United, Holywell Town v Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant, Llangefni Town v Caernarfon Town, Mold Alexandra v Guilsfield, Mynydd Llandegai v Greenfield, Penrhyncoch or FC Nomads of Connahs Quay v Ruthin Town, Porthmadog v Gresford.