CAERNARFON Town progressed to the JD Welsh Cup fourth round with a comfortable 3-0 win at Prestatyn Town.

The Canaries booked their place in the hate and avoided a potential banana skin with minimal fuss thanks to a professional display under the lights at the Motion Finance Stadium, and Sean Eardley’s men continue their quest for a JD Welsh Premier League top six spot at the split in their next outing at home to Aberystwyth Town on Friday (7.45pm).

The Huws Gray Alliance side created the first chance of the game on two minutes when skipper Alex Jones flashed an effort wide, with Ian Griffiths forcing Cofis’ stopper Nic Bould into a smart stop after good work from Macauley Taylor with 11 gone.

Gradually the visitors began to see more of the ball and took the lead after 13 minutes when former Seasiders’ star Noah Edwards continued his excellent recent form with a fine individual run before slotting past Ryan Woods to break the deadlock.

There was further cause for celebration from an away side perspective on 25 minutes when an Edwards free-kick was met at the far post by Cai Jones, who showed tremendous composure to steer into the net from a tight angle.

Jones almost added to his tally soon after during a dominant spell from the top-flight outfit, but James Jones produced a superb last-ditch tackle to deny the forward, and at the other end Griffiths’ free-kick struck the outside of the post with the final action of the first period.

After the break saw the away side all-but seal their place in the next stage of the competition after 50 minutes when a disappointing clearance from Woods presented a golden opportunity to Jones, who made no mistake with the finish for his second of the evening.

Griffiths missed a golden chance to reduce the arrears on 81 minutes when he missed the target after some good link-up play between Taylor and Warren Adam, with the Cofis’ seeing out the remainder of the contest in comfortable fashion to advance.