WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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NEWTOWN produced the outstanding result on Boxing Day by beating The New Saints 1-0 to remain firm favourites for a top six spot at the mid-season split.

Manager Chris Hughes hailed the performance saying: "The players were again fantastic today. 

"When you come up against a side that is full time, train every day and get to work on things, we train for an hour and a half a week, the players were fantastic.

"We set them up and they delivered the game plan to perfection, we could have scored three or four and I thought we were absolutely outstanding.

"I don't think you'll see a better performance all season from any other Welsh Premier League team the way we played today, especially against TNS."

The game's only goal was scored by ex-Manchester United starlet Sean Evans and Hughes added: "Sean Evans can do that, he's got that in his locker to do it every week, I'm chipping away at him. 

"He scored against Rhyl last week with a decent finish and now again today, that's a great goal.

"I thought he was the hub of everything we did, he linked the play up well and Matt Hearsey was fantastic running with and without the ball.

"He caused them so many problems as did Luke Boundford, but the two centre halves deserve a massive amount of praise and for Mike Platt to come in and play like he did and make the save from the free-kick right at the end was first class as well.

Teams will look at the result and say it was a smash and grab, it certainly wasn't that.

"Teams will look at the result and say it was a smash and grab, it certainly wasn't that especially in the second half we thoroughly our win and they can have no complaints."

The Robins now look nailed-on to qualify for the Championship Conference but Hughes remains cautious.

"We've got three games left, we won't stop playing, but 31 points gives us a bit of a safety blanket now.

"We've out ourselves in a fantastic position and we need to go and finish the job."