Shock waves reverberated in the Costcutter League after Newcastle Emlyn – boosted by a crop of pre-season arrivals – were thrashed 6-1 on their own patch by rampant Cardigan Town.

And the scoreline did not flatter the Magpies one iota as they gave the Reds the runaround in a display that understandably brought joy to visiting players, officials and fans.

A maximum points haul enabled player/manager James Evans, skipper Alun Williams and colleagues to take over at the head of affairs on goal difference from the only other unbeaten outfit St Dogmaels.

Town chairman and former first team boss Seamus Doherty said: “We played superbly during the first 45 minutes – the best performance since we swept the board a few seasons ago.”

Doherty was absolutely right in his assessment as the visitors produced quality one-touch football to which Emlyn had no answer.

It was 4-0 and game over after 26 minutes with the Magpies scoring through Dylan Davies (2), John Curran and Llion Williams.

After the interval Davies went on to complete his hat-trick and after Curran was upended inside the penalty area the midfielder promptly got to his feet and slotted home the spot-kick.

With the score 6-1 there was a bizarre incident when Emlyn were awarded a penalty and referee John Davies ordered the kick to be taken four times. Goalkeeper Steffan Marsden saved three of the efforts; there was one miss and eventually no goal.