ANDY Preece hailed Adam Webster as the best striker in Nationwide North after he blasted all four goals in Worcester City's 4-1 thrashing of Leigh RMI on Saturday.

Webster, 25, became the first City player in 19 years to score four goals in a league game.

John Muir achieved the feat against Folkestone in January 1987, while Reg Mogford was the last player to score four away from St George's Lane, in a 4-2 win over Hereford United at Edgar Street in December 1949.

Webster's Hilton Park heroics took him to eight goals in four games, following braces at Hednesford and Stalybridge, and 16 league strikes for the season.

"It was superb finishing from Webby," said City manager Preece. "Twice he was Johnny-on-the-spot and his first one was good finishing.

"The second one was just outstanding, bent into the top corner. He's a top-drawer striker.

"I think he's the best striker in this league, bar none. I've said about Adam Burley being the best player in the league -- but Webby is alongside him."

A new contract, which is expected to be signed, has been offered to Webster and Preece is delighted to have the former Bedworth United player as part of his artillery for next season.

Preece added: "I don't know whether he's signed a new contract yet.

"But we have agreed it and that's a massive plus for us to have Webby on board for next season.

"We've got Mark Danks, Troy Wood and there's a possibility of bringing Gareth Seddon in as well. Things are looking bright for us up front."

Meanwhile, Preece was delighted with his side's result that took City to sixth position and closed the gap on the play-off pack.

Fifth-placed Harrogate, four points ahead of City but with two games in hand, crashed 3-0 at leaders Northwich Victoria, offering some hope for Preece's men.