WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

Andy Jones

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ANDY Jones led the way with a hat-trick as Newtown belied their lowly league position with a stunning 5-2 away win at high-flying Prestatyn Town.

It was the Robins' first win in eight attempts as the Seasiders crashed to their first home defeat of the season.

Despite making the brighter start in difficult conditions at Bastion Gardens, Newtown found themselves a goal down on 16 minutes when Zac Evans lost the ball in a challenge from debutant Rhys Lewis who passed for Andy Parkinson to net his 12th goal of the season into the far corner.

But the visitors got the equaliser they deserved eight minutes later when Jones showed some deft footwork before curling a shot beyond the reach of home keeper Jon Hill-Dunt.

After Newtown's Luke Boundford had headed against a post, Evans dragged the rebound horribly wide in front of a gaping goal.

But he made no mistake minutes later, turning the ball past sub keeper Gareth Barker after Dunt had been forced-off with an Achilles problem.

It took an excellent last-ditch tackle from Paul O'Neill to stop Boundford's threatening run on goal with Evans firing just over before the break.

Despite being denied what looked a stonewall penalty soon after the restart, the Robins took control thanks to some woeful defending and the irrepressible Jones.

Converted from defender to striker by manager Bernie McNally only recently, Jones capitalised on Barker's poor clearance to notch Newtown's third.

An under-hit back pass from Greg Stones presented the fourth to sub Craig Whitfield before Jones completed his hat-trick with a superb shot from the edge of the box.

It took a good save from visiting keeper Dave Roberts to deny Jason Price before Ross Stephens lashed home a 20-yarder consolation for the hosts, but it was Newtown's day to savour.

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26 March 2017

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