WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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THE New Saints went down to their first defeat of the season in any competition, losing 1-0 away to Carmarthen Town at Richmond Park.

Liam Thomas scored the game's only goal on the stroke of half-time when he headed home from a Declan Carroll corner and the visitors were unable to find a way back in the second half against a determined Old Gold defence.

In the Play-Off Conference there were crucial wins for Cefn Druids and Newtown, which leave Rhyl and Airbus four and nine points adrift of safety respectively.Former player Jason Oswell again proved to be Rhyl's downfall at Newtown scoring a brace and providing the assist for a late winner. Keeper Dan Lavercombe saved Neil Mitchell's 10th-minute shot but Oswell was on hand to tap home the rebound. Steff Halewood soon levelled with a superb 35-yard drive, but Oswell put the Robins ahead again on 71 minutes, tapping home another rebound after Nick Rushton's shot hit a post.

The Lillies got back on level terms with a Kristian Pierce penalty after Mitchell had fouled, but Oswell found Rushton with a through ball two minutes from time and the Nomads' loanee made no mistake with a low shot into the net.

Druids built on last weekend's win at Rhyl by defeating Aberystwyth Town 2-1 at The Rock. Nathan Peate's bullet header from a Corey Roper corner put the home side in front after 18 minutes, but John Owen equalised just before half-time.

Three minutes into the second half, the Ancients restored their lead when Peate played-in Ashley Ruane for his seventh goal of the season and the striker was only denied another by a good save from ex-Druids' keeper Chris Mullock.

Below: Newtown's Nick Rushton fires the shot that led to the second goal [Phil Blagg].