SAUL Thomas scored a hat-trick as Hereford Pegaus progressed in the FA Vase following an emphatic 5-0 win at Market Drayton.

The North West Counties League hosts were unable to contain the stronger Hereford side and the game as a contest was over inside 25 minutes with Peggy netting four goals.

Pegasus earned a penalty with their first corner of the game, after a Town defender handled the ball above his head.

The referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot and seven minutes had elapsed when Thomas calmly placed the ball past goalkeeper Josh Hyde.

Five minutes later, Thomas muscled his way through the home defence before rifling the ball into the top corner of the goal.

A minute later, Zac Powell threaded the ball into the penalty area into the path of Lewis Rose, he beat three defenders but his shot was blocked by the feet of the goalkeeper. However, Rose was first to react and squeezed the ball into the net to make it 3-0 on 13 minutes.

Pegasus continued to manage the game, with the defenders snuffing out any attacking threat from the Gingerbread men.

After 25 minutes Connor Davies-Austin forced his way between opposition players to win the ball on the halfway line and his shot flew into the top corner past the statuesque keeper.

Just short of the hour mark Carlos Moreira beat his marker before being upended inside the penalty area and Thomas scored from the spot.

The home side continued to press to get on the score sheet but, Pegasus’ defenders were always that much better as they protected their clean sheet.