A GOAL-DEN night saw Denbigh Town ease into the second stage of this season’s Mawddach Cup at the expense of lower league Nantlle Vale.
Richard Williams-Cooke’s side got off to a flying start when Jonny Slater forced the ball home from a yard after the keeper had superbly saved an Andrew Swarbrick header after 10 minutes.
Two minutes later and it was 2-0 courtesy of an almost identical goal.
The keeper tipped Swarbrick’s header onto the bar, but a defender could only head into his own net when trying to clear.
Swarbrick got the goal he deserved in the 20th minute when Miles Todd whipped in a great ball for him to glance a header home for his 19th goal of the season.
A few minutes later and the tie was over as a contest when Stuart Vernon rolled in Mark Roberts, who finished well with the outside of the right foot.
Nantlle Vale threatened on the break at times through their lively number seven and he reduced the deficit at the break when firing in from the edge of the box.
The away side also hit the outside of the post from a 20-yard free kick, although Town keeper Jamie Hulse looked to have it covered.
Denbigh appeared to relax in the second half and they kept the ball well, playing some fine football against the tiring visitors.
Soon after the break Roberts added his second as he diverted the ball in from eight yards from Kristian Pierce’s left wing cross.
Substitute Mike Lundstram then glanced in an Owain Roberts centre for the sixth goal.
Roberts completed his hat-trick by blasting high into the net for Denbigh’s magnificent seventh goal 10 minutes from the end.
The scoring was completed by man of the match Stuart Vernon from the penalty spot in the 87th minute.
Vernon raced through and rounded the keeper, who then dragged him down.
He picked himself up to place a perfect penalty into the corner of the net in his first
start since suffering a broken leg last March.