CAERNARFON Town avoided a JD Welsh Cup banana skin with a comfortable 4-0 triumph at Goytre United.

The Canaries reached the fourth round stage thanks to a professional display on their travels during what looked to be a tricky-looking fixture when the draw was made, and Sean Eardley’s side will look to further cement their top six finish at the JD Cymru Premier split this Friday when they welcome Airbus UK Broughton to The Oval.

The away side weathered some early pressure from the second-tier side in resolute fashion before opening the scoring on 20 minutes through talisman Darren Thomas, who unleashed a powerful drive from just outside the area into the bottom corner.

Things got even better for the Cofis’ just before the break courtesy of standout midfielder Leo Smith, who has emerged as one of the best performers in the country and enhanced his growing reputation with an exceptional run and left-footed strike to double his side’s advantage.

Eardley’s men had the opportunity to wrap things up in first half stoppage time when they were awarded a penalty, and skipper Nathan Craig remained composed to fire in the spot kick to give the visitors a three-goal cushion at the break.

After the interval saw Town dictate the tempo for long periods as they looked to see out the contest, but they did manage to get themselves on the scoresheet one more time thanks to the outstanding Thomas, who capped off another tremendous individual contribution with his second of the afternoon on 70 minutes to round off the scoring.

Next up for the Canaries’ is an Airbus side that shipped 12 to defending champions The New Saints during their last league outing, and they were also ousted from the cup by Colwyn Bay after extra-time on Friday evening.