ANDY MORRISON was delighted as a “very good and very clinical” Connah’s Quay Nomads thrashed Llanelli 7-0.

Morrison was expecting a stern test at Stebonheath Park, but his impressive Nomads blew the home side away to start the season in style.

Michael Bakare struck twice with Michael Wilde, Michael Parker, Ryan Wignall, Declan Poole and Laurence Wilson adding one apiece.

The nature of the victory left Morrison very pleased, the former Manchester City captain saying: “A great way to start the season.

“We’ve done a lot of work in preparation for the game. I went to watch them last week at Carmarthen and saw some of their qualities.

“First and foremost we nullified those and exposed little things we saw last week.

“You plan for things and sometimes they come off and sometimes they don’t, but today we were very good and very clinical, apart from a 10 minute period at 3-0, where the lads started to think they were something they aren’t.

“We sorted that out at half time with some harsh words and we went out in the second half and looked really solid. We got into a great shape.

“If our midfielders are able to get their heads up with the pace we’ve got in Bakare and Wignall and with Poole breaking, we are a hard team to stop.”

Morrison does believe that the scoreline was a touch harsh on Llanelli, who he has backed to improve over the course of the season.

He continued: “It’s a baptism for them and Prestatyn had it last year coming up against us.

“With European football we are probably a month ahead of them, so they will come good.

“The score at the end is harsh. It seemed like every time we shot on target we scored. In those last 15 or 20 minutes with our fitness levels where they are because of Europe, we were able to really expose them.”

Next up for Nomads is a clash with reigning champions The New Saints, who started their campaign with a 5-1 crushing of Barry Town United.

Blaine Hudson’s opener for Saints was cancelled out by Curtis Watkins, but Scott Ruscoe’s men were 3-1 in front at the break courtesy of Chris Seargeant’s double.

Striker Greg Draper stepped off the bench to score twice in the second period for Saints.

Cefn Druids were unable to get off to a winning start as league new boys Caernarfon Town clinched a1-0 home win.

Cai Jones acrobatically hooked home a volley after Nathan Craig’s corner was headed back into the box.