WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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BALA Town gained a crucial win at Maes Tegid as they sentenced Gap Connah's Quay to an eighth successive Welsh Premier defeat.

The Lakesiders recorded their biggest-ever WPL victory since promotion to the top flight, winning 7-0 to climb above the Nomads into ninth place on goal difference.

The visitors hit a post midway through the first half but the Lakesiders took the lead on 36 minutes with a 20-yarder from ex-Wrexham defender Ryan Valentine which curled past keeper Terry McCormick.

Dave Morley nearly double the lead with a header soon afterwards, but the roof fell in on the Nomads after the break.

Mark Connolly scored a brace, his second from a trademark freekick and Ian Sheridan tapped home from a Lewis Codling cross on 57 minutes.

Home keeper Ashley Morris twice denied Mike Hayes with good saves but Kieran Smith soon rounded McCormick to add a fifth and, a minute later, Sheridan produced a superb finish for the sixth goal.

Codling then missed a gilt-edged chance at the far post but then rubbed salt in the Nomads' wounds with a seventh from Sheridan's cross on 89 minutes.

The New saints overcame Aberystwyth Town 4-0 at Park Hall to remain in control at the top of the table.

Mike Wilde headed home his ninth goal of the campaign in the 36th-minute to open the Saints' account but were unable to make their domination pay until after the break.

Goals from Matty Williams and Alex Darlington inside three minutes put the hosts in command and sub Greg Draper added a fourth from Jamie Mullan's cross.

Darlington had another effort cleared off the line by Peter Hoy as TNS ended the game comfortable winners.

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20 July 2017

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