Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 18 Jan 2014
at Bastion Gardens, Prestatyn
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Mark Petch
Lee Hunt (right) scored a hat-trick for Prestatyn
LEE Hunt bagged a hat-trick and Andy Parkinson struck a brace to make it a dissapointed return to Bastion Gardens for Newtown boss Chris Hughes.
Hunt gave the seasiders and early lead but that was cancelled out by Luke Boundford before Hunt regained the lead for his side. In a matter of minutes Jeff White had levelled it up, before Andy Parkinson struck a free kick before the break.
Shane Sutton saw a red card after break for bringing down Parkinson, and Hunt completed his hat-trick from the spot. And then Parkinson completed the scoring late on to make it a miserable return for Hughes.
It took only four minutes for the game to spring into life, and the Robins found themselves behind. Lee Hunt latched onto a cross from the right to head past Chris Mullock giving the seasiders an early lead.
Andy Parkinson then fired wide as the hosts were starting much better than the visitors. Luke Boundford then had a half chance, before Tom Goodwin had an effort blocked.
But just before the twenty minute mark the Robins did find a way back into the game. From a corner the ball fell to Goodwin whose fierce shot was parried by Simon Williams, but Boundford followed up, lashing home to get Newtown back on level terms.
Moments later though the hosts were back in front as Jack Lewis inch perfect long ball found Hunt who took it down, and then chipped Mullock to bag his second of the game.
But in the topsy turvy first half, it was the Robins who hit straight back, as Matt Hearsey beat the full back and squared the ball for Jeff White who took a touch then stroked the ball in via the post.
Hearsey then had two good chances of his own, beating the full back once more but he saw his shots saved by Williams.
Just before the break though it was the front two Hunt and Parkinson who worked their magic again to give their side the lead for the third time in the game.
Hunt dummied a free kick on the edge of the box leaving Parkinson to lash home to score the fifth goal in 38 first half minutes.
White had a good early chance in the second half to draw the Robins level but he was thwarted by the seasiders keeper Williams.
But just minutes into the half the afternoon got worse for the visitors as a ball over the top found Parkinson, but he was upended by Shane Sutton.
And Sutton was adjudged to be the last man and was given his marching orders, with Hunt converting the resulting penalty to complete his hat-trick and give the hosts a two goal cushion.
Neil Mitchell was introduced from the bench at half time and he had a half chance as Zach Evans found him in the box but he curled his shot over.
But soon after Prestatyn pressed their advantage home as on the counter attack the ball found its way to Parkinson who rounded Mullock, and after a little hesitation fired home.
Newtown had some late half chances with Hearsey firing over but there was nothing to trouble Williams as the first phase of the season finished in disappointing fashion for the Robins here at Bastion Gardens.