WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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GAP Connah's Quay lifted some of the gloom on Deeside by ending a run of eight straight Welsh Premier League defeats.

But the Nomads were left to rue some poor defending late-on as they surrendered a two lead to draw 2-2 with Prestatyn Town.

The hosts took an early lead when Mike Hayes capitalised on a mistake by Seasiders' keeper Dave Roberts.

Lee Hunt missed a gilt-edged chance to level for the visitors and then had the ball in the net after the break only to be ruled offside.

Nomads doubled their lead on 57 minutes when Rhyl Lewis handled the ball and Paul Mooney scored from the spot.

But, after clearing one corner off the line, Nomads conceded from another which was driven home through a crowd of players by sub Gareth Wilson from a corner.

And fellow sub Sean Hessey grabbed the equaliser in the 90th-minute as the home side failed to defend another flag kick.

Leaders The New Saints slipped at home for the first time as Bala Town drew 1-1 and became the first side to score at Park Hall this season.

Chris Seargeant's free-kick put TNS in front after 38 minutes, but the equaliser came from former Saint Conall Murtagh's penalty just before the hour mark after Connell Rawlinson had fouled Mark Connolly.

Stuart Jones had a chance to win the game for the Lakesiders but headed over the bar as did the Saints' Kai Edwards at the other end.

Aberystwyth went down to their first home league defeat in 10 months as two late goals lifted struggling Port Talbot Town to a 2-1 win.

TNS v Bala

An inswinging Antonio Corbisiero corner was glanced home by Craig Williams to hand the Seasiders a 50th-minute lead.

But, after Mark Jones had missed a great chance to double the advantage, Rhys Griffiths was first to react to a right-wing cross at the near post to level on 84 minutes.

And sub Chad Bond rifled home the winner from 12 yards four minutes later to lift his side out of the drop on goal difference from Connah's Quay.

Right: Bala's goal scorer Conall Murtagh battles with Sam Finley of TNS.

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21 July 2017

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