CAPTAIN James Askey’s hattrick helped Newcastle Town to a 6-1 win over Market Drayton Town at the Lyme Valley Stadium.
The win, coupled with Prescot Cable’s 1-0 loss to Runcorn Linnets, means Newcastle now move into 16th place, and out of the relegation playoff place.
Newcastle got off to the perfect start, as Ryan Baxter was fouled by Market Drayton keeper Adam Lawrence straight from kick off, with Jack van der Laan converting the penalty.
Van der Laan was on the scoresheet again on 24 minutes, as he drilled in from a smart exchange of passes in the Drayton penalty area.
Newcastle made it three as captain Askey headed in from a superb cross from Tommy van der Laan, before Askey added a foutrh with a second header – this time from a corner.
Baxter made it five on the stroke of half-time as he rose highest to head in Ethan Vale’s free-kick.
Askey completed his hat-trick soon after the break, tapping in after a swift Newcastle attack to make it 6-0.
Market Drayton managed to get on the scoresheet when Eshan Green bundled in a free-kick, but it proved nothing more than a consolation.
Despite the game becoming increasingly scrappy and bad-tempered there were no further scores as Newcastle registered a convincing win.
Match Report by Chris Sweetman