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NEWTOWN came close to a Boxing Day upset as they led Welsh Premier leaders The New Saints 2-0 at half-time.

Neil Mitchell put the Robins ahead from the penalty spot after Phil Baker had handled a Sean Evans cross and Luke Boundford doubled the lead when his cross deflected off Chris Marriott past visiting keeper Paul Harrison.

But TNS got back in the game on 77 minutes when Marriott scored direct from a corner and Simon Spender ensured the visitors were not the Christmas turkeys as he forced the ball home via the woodwork from a Jamie Mullan cross to secure a share of the spoils. It was the third successive league draw for the reigning champions.

Gap Connah's Quay secured a 1-1 draw in the Flintshire derby thanks to an 80th-minute Ashley Ruane goal. Tony Gray's 13th goal of the season, a 20-yard volley, had given Airbus UK Broughton the lead after 13 minutes and the Nomads were indebted to debutant keeper George Deniz who made some excellent saves to keep the Wingmakers at bay.

Aberystwyth Town gained three vital points in a 1-0 win at bottom club Haverfordwest County thanks to a 75th-minute first WPL goal for starlet Jack Rimmer. The struggling hosts have now failed to score a goal in open play for 550 minutes. 

Port Talbot slumped to a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of south Wales rivals Carmarthen Town, who produced an excellent second half display at the GenQuip Stadium.

Liam Thomas grabbed a brace to take his season's tally to 10, either side of a goal from Luke Cummings, to leave the Steelmen two points clear of the drop zone.