A LATE strike from Rob Hughes saw Prestatyn Town secure a 2-1 Nathaniel MG Cup second round win at Cefn Druids.

The former Connah’s Quay Nomads’ squad member left it until the dying moments to put the Seasiders’ into the next round, which will stand them in good stead ahead of their JD Cymru North opener at home to Guilsfield on Friday evening.

A scrappy opening to proceedings brought little in the way of opportunities for either side, but Town managed to take the lead on 13 minutes when veteran striker Ian Griffiths finished from close range after good work from ex-Druids forward Jack Kenny.

This was met by a strong response from Huw Griffiths’ men, who almost got back on level terms soon after when defender Nathan Peate headed narrowly over, and another chance saw Hughes clear off the line during a dominant spell from the home side.

Town stopper Ryan Woods had to be alert to keep out the on-rushing Ramirez Howarth on 23 minutes, with Hughes forcing Michael Jones into a comfortable save from long range a minute later.

Howarth and John Owen both wasted good chances to level matters towards the end of the first period, but the Ancients’ did manage to get themselves back on level terms after the break when a 25-yard strike from Ryan Kershaw found its way into the net on 72 minutes.

With the game heading for a stalemate, midfielder Hughes stepped up to drill home a free-kick on 86 minutes and give his side victory against JD Cymru Premier opposition.

The Seasiders’ also boosted their squad this week with the signings of James Stead and Jon Rushton.