A GOAL from Lewis Short early in the game was sufficient for Gap Connah's Quay to strengthen their second-place in the Welsh Premier League with a 1-0 win over Cefn Druids.
Short fired a superb goal past keeper Michael Jones from outside the box after 10 minutes but the Nomads were unable to capitalise on any further chances.
A low cross from Nathan Woolfe just eluded Les Davies before ex-Nomad Stuart Cook tested home keeper Jon Rushton, recalled from a loan spell with Holywell Town for his season debut.
Davies capped a good run down the wing with a shot that was saved by Jones and, after the break, Steve Blenkinsop headed wide for the Ancients.
Short tried another powerful drive from 30 yards but Jones was equal to the task while Cook volleyed over from 20 yards for the visitors before sending another effort wide.
The Nomads went close to a second goal in stoppage time when Davies burst into the box only to see his shot saved, but Druids were only denied a 35-yard Naim Arsan equaliser by a superb Rushton save.