Connah’s Quay Nomads 0-2 The New Saints
A clash of epic proportions at the top of the JD Welsh Premier League, Connah’s Quay Nomads welcomed TNS to the Deeside Stadium and it was a match that did not disappoint.
It was a quick start to the game, as a free-kick was awarded to the home side within the opening minute and the Nomads took it quickly with Michael Bakare dribbling down the left and crossing in for Andy Owens who did well to connect at the near post and forced a great save out of Paul Harrison after 80 seconds.
A slip by George Horan after five minutes allowed TNS in at the other end and a deflected cross flew into the box which fell to Danny Redmond who shot over with a first time strike from the edge of the box.
The visitors kept building in confidence and they opened the scoring after 14 minutes as Aeron Edwards – who was a late entrant into the starting XI after Kurtis Byrne pulled out with injury – finished excellently from a tight-angle after being found with a great ball to connect with his run from the right flank.
Playing without a recognised striker, Edwards, Jamie Mullan and Ryan Brobbel led the line for the visitors and caused the home defence a number of problems with their switching positions, and it was Mullan who had the next big chance as he controlled a ball some 10 yards out, turned well to shoot and forced a great save out of John Danby.
The Nomads battled back into the half, but lacked a cutting edge in front of goal and halftime arrived with the score still at 1-0 in favour of the visitors.
The home side started the second half excellently and were it not for a last-ditch interception by Jack Bodenham – who was excellent at the heart of the visiting defence – to prod the ball from the feet of Mike Wilde who was awaiting a cross from Callum Morris some six yards out mere moments after the restart.
Priestley Farquharson – a halftime substitute for the home side – had to be alert soon afterwards as Edwards connected with a lofted ball over the home defence and the young Connah’s Quay defender made a crucial tackle to block what looked to be a goal-bound strike by the TNS number 23.
Morris had a good opportunity to level the score after eight minutes of second half action too, after nice interplay with Wilde, but Bodenham again made a crucial block to deny the Nomads. Jake Phillips entered the fray after an hour for the home side also, and he did well to get a shot away from distance that looked set for Harrison’s bottom corner, only for the keeper to save well.
The New Saints did well to weather significant pressure from the home side, and they responded by bagging the second goal of the night after 72 minutes as Kane Lewis did very well to gallop forward down the right and send a low cross into the six-yard box towards Brobbel who poked home for 2-0 with 20 minutes to play.
Things went from bad to worse for the Nomads soon afterwards as Wilde was shown a straight red card with 15 minutes to play after a late tackle on Jon Routledge, and the champions were able to hold onto their lead to retake top spot in the JD Welsh Premier League standings.
Newtown 3-0 Barry Town United
The Robins cruised to a comfortable victory over Barry which seriously dented the Jenner Park outfit's genuine Championship hopes.
Two defensive errors by the visitors resulted in two penalties - both confidently slotted by Porya Ahmadi - the second being a cheeky little chip.
Alex Fletcher's powerful strike separated the penalties and Newtown's performance thoroughly merited the victory.
Chris Hughes' men now only trail Gavin Chesterfield's boys in 3rd place by 6 points - so the Robins have now ensured that Barry will be looking below them - as well as above them for the remainder of the season.
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