CONNOR Bird’s hat-trick inspired Llanidloes Town to a comprehensive 6-1 win at home to Montgomery Town to stay top of MMP-NL Mid Wales League One and on course for the title.

Bird was joined on the scoresheet by Dafydd Carruthers, Dewi Allen and Josh Evans while Monty replied with a consolation goal from Tom Evans.

Meanwhile Tywyn Bryncrug toasted a 4-2 win at Llansantffraid in a key early season basement battle.

Goals from Nicky Williams, Dave Jenkins, Aston Heath and James Morgan secured the spoils for the Cormorants with two own goals keeping the Saints in contention at Treflan.