NIALL McGUINNESS made a mockery of the manager of the month curse as Flint Town United cruised to a 3-1 success over Porthmadog.

The Silkmen flew out of the traps with Mark Cadwallader netting a hat-trick inside the opening 28 minutes, and even though Jay Gibbs pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time, the hosts wrapped up another three points.

That capped a good few days for McGuinness, who beat Neil Gibson, Eddie Maurice-Jones and Lee Green to the top boss award for August.

McGuinness believes the award should have gone to Green, who has led Llanrhaeadr to third spot, but he wasn't about to turn down the honour.

"It was a voting poll, but to be honest, Lee should have got it," said McGuinness. "Myself, Gibbo and Eddie are expected to be up near the top, but Lee has got Llanrhaeadr up there.

"It's great to have won the award and it shows how well the players are applying themselves at the moment."

Cadwallader was surprisingly left off the August player of the month shortlist after six goals in five games, the award won by Prestatyn's Rob Hughes.

But he put down a marker against Porthmadog, McGuinness adding: "That was the big one. I was very surprised he wasn't on the shortlist."

Victory over Porthmadog leaves Flint second, behind Prestatyn only on points difference, and McGuinness was pleased with a fourth win in five league outings.

"It's another one ticked off," said McGuinness. "We were good and I'm glad to get another three points on the board.

"It should have been a lot more comfortable than it was as well, we missed four of five really good chances."

Prestatyn stayed top as they beat Colwyn Bay 3-1, Alex Jones (2) and Jack Kenny on target for Gibson's Seasiders, with Tom McCready's penalty the visitors' consolation.

Marc Griffiths' double saw Llanrhaeadr stun Rhyl 2-1, Maurice-Jones' Lilywhites replying through Aaron Hassall.

Dan Moore insisted that Buckley Town's 2-2 draw at Llangefni Town "felt like a loss".

Buckley shrugged off an opener from Iwan Jones to lead just past the hour as an own goal from Craig Roberts and Pat Hinchcliffe's effort turned things around.

But that lead lasted just two minutes as Matthew Jones levelled for Llangefni, who held firm to take a share of the spoils.

Buckley boss Moore was left frustrated, saying: "While we appreciate that every single point gained in this league is really valuable, especially away from home, we’re bitterly disappointed to have not picked up three points. It felt like a loss at full time, that’s for sure.

"Before the game we spoke to the players about Llangefni’s strength on the counter attack, and we conceded both goals via exactly that route.

"We’ve dominated the game for large periods in terms of possession, especially in the second half. We’ve had two goals disallowed, for what, we don’t know, and we’ve had one cleared off the line."