WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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NEWTOWN battled back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Airbus UK Broughton in atrocious conditions at Latham Park.

But the Robins lost third place to Bangor City, who move above them on goal difference, while Carmarthen Town slipped to fifth following a 2-0 defeat at Rhyl's Belle Vue.

Airbus struck the woodwork in the fourth minute when Tom Field’s free-kick clipped the bar but took the lead after 17 minutes when Field found the left corner with a low shot from the edge of the box.

Although Field appeared to be fouled inside the area on 27 minutes, the Wingmakers were only awarded a free-kick but, from the set-piece, Field struck the bar again with the rebound eventually being turned in on the goal-line by Ian Kearney.

Newtown pulled a goal back just before half time with a free-kick from Craig Williams on his 26th-birthday and, after a spell of pressure, Andy Jones grabbed the equaliser with a glancing header into the far corner.

Rhyl had defender Liam Benson sent-off midway through the first half before a Steve Lewis penalty was punched clear by visiting keeper Steve Cann.

But the 10-man Lillies went on to claim sixth place with Danny Laverty's deflected shot defeating Cann and Lewis heading-on for Dave Forbes to strike the second.

Newtown v Airbus

Bangor were defied by bottom club Afan Lido until the second minute of stoppage time at Nantporth, when Les Davies scored the game's only goal. 

Lido's on-loan striker Alex Chrysanthou missed a sitter from six yards in the first half but the Citizens bombarded the visitors' goal after the break without success until Davies rose highest to nod home a Sion Edwards cross.

Right: Airbus keeper James Coates is beaten at his near post by Craig Williams' free kick [Kevin Hughes].

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21 July 2017

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