WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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THE New Saints claimed a new world record with a 27th-consecutive victory in all competitions to eclipse the performance of Dutch giants Ajax which had stood for 44 years.

Craig Harrison's side emerged 2-0 winners away to Cefn Druids to also maintain their unassailable 21-point lead at the top of the Welsh Premier League.

Aeron Edwards broke the deadlock with a 15-yarder in the 36th-minute from 15 yards after vain home appeals for offside, but the Ancients battled doggedly and TNS only clinched their win two minutes from time through Jon Routledge.

Gap Connah's Quay leapfrogged Bala Town into second place with a 5-1 home win over Airbus UK Broughton, as the Lakesiders slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Rhyl. George Horan made his first Nomads' start since August and celebrated with a hat-trick, opening the home account after 13 minutes. Matty Williams fired home the secondd before Nathan Woolfe struck the foot of a post on the stroke of half time.

Three minutes into the second half, Horan fired home another from eight hards and then headed home from a corner to complete his threesome. Former Wingmaker Tom Field came off the bench to curl the fifth into the top corner from a free-kick, with ex-Nomad Ryan J Edwards snatching a late consolation for the visitors.

Bala were not at the races at Belle Vue as Rhyl gained revenge for a 6-1 Boxing Day hiding at Maes Tegid. The visitors fell behind to a close range Tony Jones goal before Alex Jones headed home from an Ashley Young free-kick. Owen Evans did well to deny Bala's Mark Connolly but Lee Hunt missed a chance to reduce the arrears in the second half when he blazed a spot kick over the bar after Mike Sharples had handled.