The New Saints thrashed Prestatyn Town 7-1 thanks to goals from Aeron Edwards, Alex Darlington, a brace from Mike Wilde and a wonderful hat-trick from Matty Williams.
The Saints took the lead after only eight minutes when Williams converted from close range. Mike Wilde did really well to head the ball down for Williams and he calmly chipped the ball over the Prestatyn ‘keeper, to give his side the lead.
Soon after he completed his brace with a terrific strike from 25 yards out. He smashed the ball into the top corner and once again left the Prestatyn ‘keeper with no chance.
Shortly before the break, the former Notts County man then completed his deserved hat-trick. Kai Edwards met a corner and headed the ball on to Williams who directed the ball in, to give The New Saints a 3-0 lead at the break.
Aeron Edwards replaced Scott Ruscoe at half time and within minutes of coming on, he made it four. The lively midfielder picked up the ball on the edge of the box and found the bottom corner with a powerful strike.
Alex Darlington then replaced the hat-trick hero Williams, and with his first touch of the game he headed in from close range, after Ryan Fraughan had picked him out with a sensational cross.
With the visitors in complete control, Prestatyn won a penalty and Ross Stephens coolly placed the ball into the top corner to make it 5-1.
With just over ten minutes left, Wilde got amongst the goals after he was the first to react to the ball and easily converted into the empty net.
With minutes left Greg Draper won a penalty and Wilde easily converted the spot-kick to make it seven.
Full time – Prestatyn Town 1-7 The New Saints
The New Saints line up for the match today was Harrison (C), Simms, Marriott, K.Edwards, Rawlinson, Ruscoe, Seargeant, Mullan, Wilde, Fraughan, Williams.
On the bench for The Saints were Draper, Darlington, A.Edwards, Baker and Jones.
The Prestatyn Town line up was Hill-Dunt, Kemp, Davies, Wilson (C), Owen, Lewis, Evans, Smyth, Parkinson, Stephens and Murray.
On the bench for ‘The Seasiders’ were Holmes, Stones, Hayes, Parker and Beattie.
The referee was Richard Harrington.