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Friday night football: Bala up to fourth, Nomads still unbeaten after TNS draw

Connah’s Quay marksman Michael Wilde (red – furthest left) goes for goal against TNS. Picture: Nik Mesney, NCM Media

Results: Friday, November 1

JD Cymru Premier

Bala Town 4 Newtown 0, Cardiff Met University 1 Penybont 1, Connah’s Quay Nomads 1 The New Saints 1.

Lock Stock Welsh Alliance 

Division Two: Llandudno Amateurs 2 Penmaenmawr Phoenix 3.

Connah’s Quay Nomads 1 (Michael Wilde 82)
The New Saints 1 (Dean Ebbe 61)
Cymru Premier – November 1, 2019

Nomads ended the night top of the table after stretching their season-long unbeaten league run to 13 matches with a hard-earned home draw against champions TNS.

In a first half of few chances, the closest call saw Dean Ebbe denied by a superb save from Quay keeper Lewis Brass.

The deadlock was broken on 61 minutes when some fantastic work down the left from Ryan Brobbel saw him pick out Ebbe to net from close range.

The hosts rallied, and Paul Harrison needed to be alert to deny Declan Poole in the 72nd minute.

Scott Ruscoe’s side thought they had the chance to double their advantage soon after, as a ball from the right appeared to strike the arm of a Nomads defender. Referee Mark Petch pointed to the spot, but just as Greg Draper was about to take the penalty, the referee rescinded his decision.

What a crucial call it turned out to be, as just three minutes later, Connah’s Quay levelled. Jamie Insall brought a save from Harrison, but Michael Wilde was following up to make it one-apiece on 82 minutes.

Bala Town 4 (Henry Jones 13, Louis Robles 39, 59 & 89)
Newtown 0
Cymru Premier – November 1, 2019

Louis Robles notched a hat-trick as Bala edged up to fourth with a convincing win over Newtown.

The Lakesiders took the lead on 13 minutes when they were awarded a free kick after Robles was toppled on the edge of the box. Henry Jones stepped up and whipped the ball into the left-hand side of the net.

It was 2-0 on 39 minutes when a break down the right by Chris Venables saw him find the unmarked Robles, whose brilliant connection with the ball proved too good for the keeper.

Two fine stops from Bala keeper Josh Tibbetts thwarted the Robins early in the second half.

The visitors were down to 10 men on 52 minutes when George Harry was sent off for an altercation with Tibbetts.

Seven minutes later the hosts struck again when a Jones cross flashed across the face of goal to Robles, who blasted home at the far post.

Bala were a man down themselves on 65 minutes when Lassana Mendes received a second yellow card.

With three minutes left, Robles completed his hat-trick from a rebound after the ball came back off the post following a Steven Leslie delivery.

It was an historic night for the Lakesiders, who secured their 150th win in the Cymru Premier.

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