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THE race for a top six place took a new twist on Tuesday night as Carmarthen Town won 2-1 at Aberystwyth.

A second win in two festive games lifted the Old Gold level on points with their opponents, three points adrift of the split.

It was the Black & Greens who broke the deadlock six minutes before the break when Jamie Reed was bundled over in the box and Chris Venables converted the resulting penalty.

But the visitors levelled on the stroke of half time through Luke Cummings, who fired into the top corner.

Eight minutes after the break, Cummings scored his third goal in two games with a low volley into the bottom corner of the net.

Reed sent an overhead kick against the visitors' crossbar five minutes from time, but Carmarthen held on to take a deserved three points.

Bala Town climbed into third place after winning 3-1 away at strugglers Rhyl. Kieran Smith missed an early chance to put the Lakesiders in front when he found the side netting, but soon made amends with an excellent strike from the edge of the box.

Ian Sheridan doubled the lead on 37 minutes when he latched on to a through ball but, playing with the benefit of a strong wind after the break, Rhyl reduced the arrears through Derek Taylor.

But, despite strong home pressure, Bala were able to ride out the storm and settled the contest five minutes from time when Lee Hunt set-up Mike Hayes for the third goal.