WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

TNS v Connah's Quay

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WELSH Premier leaders The New Saints extended their lead to five points with a 5-1 home win over Gap Connah's Quay at Park Hall.

But the Nomads, featuring three academy players in their starting eleven, gave a good account of themselves in the first half.

There was an explosive opening when Michael Wilde hammered his shot from the edge of the box against the bar, but followed-up to head the opening goal.

But, three minutes later, starlet Rhys Healey did his chances of a move to the Football League no harm when he latched onto a through ball to coolly steer the equaliser past keeper Paul Harrison.

Visiting keeper John Rushton pushed Chris Seargeant's free-kick onto the bar on 35 minutes, but Phil Baker stopped to head home the rebound.

Sam Finley hit an unstoppable 25-yarder 10 minutes after the break to extend the home lead before Chris Marriott added a fourth.

Greg Draper tapped-in with his first touch after coming off the bench and Ryan Fraughan hit the bar as the Deeside outfit went home well beaten.

Carmarthen leapt three places up the table and into the top six for the first time this season with a 1-0 home win over Port Talbot Town.

Jonathan Hood's 15th-minute goal proved decisive as the Steelmen dropped to seventh place.

Bottom club Afan Lido are now unbeaten in three, but lost their record of being the only team to score in every Welsh Premier game this season as they were held to a 0-0 home draw by Aberystwyth Town.

The best chances came late in the game with home keeper Chris Curtis foiling Jordan Follows and opposite number Mike Lewis doing well to keep out Luke Borrelli's last-minute effort.

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25 April 2017

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