Two late goals ensure Connah’s Quay beat Bala and stay level on points with TNS

Michael Wilde (red) on the attack for Connah’s Quay Nomads against Bala Town. Picture: Nik Mesney, NCM Media

Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 (Poole 85, Horan 90)
Bala Town 0

Two goals in the last five minutes secured champions Nomads three well-deserved points over a Bala outfit which did not create a serious scoring opportunity throughout the game.

It remains as you were at the Championship Conference summit, with The New Saints’ 2-0 victory at 10-man Caernarfon Town meaning Anthony Limbrick’s side and the Quay are level on 66 points with six games apiece left.

TNS have a better goal difference of +21 and will enjoy home advantage when they welcome title rivals Nomads to Park Hall on Saturday (5.15 pm kick off – live on S4C).

Andy Morrison’s champions found the going tough in the first half at Deeside Stadium against a strong Bala defence.

Neil Danns could only head weakly at the keeper when he should have done far better.

Then Lakesiders stopper Alex Ramsay misjudged a free kick and the visitors were grateful to Chris Venables for hooking the ball clear.

Half-time: 0-0

From the start of the second half the Quay looked far more dangerous.

Jamie Insall’s low effort was well saved by Ramsay before George Horan headed wide from a corner.

Nomads kept battering at the door, Ramsay keeping out a Horan header before doing even better to block from Insall when the former East Fife front man should have scored.

Michael Wilde’s acrobatic volley led to appeals for handball from the home side, but nothing was given.

Finally, the deadlock was broken in the 85th minute.

Declan Poole received the ball back from a cleared corner and his left-foot curler from just outside the box avoided everyone and found the net, Callum Morris doing well to avoid it and he might have even managed a slight touch on the ball.

In the 90th minute the inspirational Horan headed in a Poole corner to seal a crucial win.

Rest of the action – Matchday 26

Caernarfon Town held The New Saints to 0-0 at The Oval until the 66th minute.

The visitors must have been getting concerned until Anthony Robles set up Greg Draper for a close range finish.

Noah Edwards was red-carded for the hosts after pulling back Jamie Mullan and from the resulting free kick TNS sealed the spoils.

Chris Marriott’s strike hit the bar and Blaine Hudson converted the rebound.

In the Play-Off Conference, Flint Town United’s three-game winning run was ended after Newtown took the points 2-0 at the Essity Stadium.

Marc Williams and Jamie Reed (2) did the damage for Aberystwyth Town in a 3-0 success at Cefn Druids.

Welsh Premier results – Tuesday, April 20 – Matchday 26

Championship Conference

Barry Town United 3 (Jamie Bird 9, Kayne McLaggon 24, David Cotterill 41) Penybont 3 (Ben Ahmun 39 & 71, Matthew Harris 55)

Caernarfon Town 0 The New Saints 2 (Greg Draper 66, Blaine Hudson 84)

Connah’s Quay Nomads 2 (Declan Poole 85, George Horan 90) Bala Town 0

Play-Off Conference

Cardiff Met 6 (Elliot Scotcher 5, Ollie Hulbert 13, 35 & 43, Bradley Woolridge 22, Eliot Evans pen 38) Haverfordwest County 1 (Kieran Lewis 72)

Cefn Druids 0 Aberystwyth Town 3 (Marc Williams 43, Jamie Reed 45 & 48)

Flint Town United 0 Newtown 2 (Jordan Evans 40, Tyrone Ofori 51)

Championship Conference

Play-Off Conference

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