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AIRBUS remained on the heels of leaders The New Saints with a 2-0 defeat of bottom club Afan Lido.

It took the Wingmakers less than two minutes to open their account, Sam Hart heading home from a Richie Partridge right wing cross.

Chris Budrys got the better of a lapse by Mark Crutch to volley home the second on 24 minutes, but Lido somehow kept their hosts at bay for the rest of the game, despite losing Gareth Phillips to a straight red for a two-footed challenge on 57 minutes.

Newtown took a giant stride towards securing a place in the top six by completing a double over visitors Rhyl, 2-0 at Latham Park.

Luke Boundford put the Robins in front on 21 minutes when his harmless-looking cross eluded the Lilywhites' defence and keeper Alex Ramsay to find the back of the net.

And when Ramsay could only parry a Boundford effort in the second half, Sean Evans pounced on the rebound to secure the three points.

The victory saw Newtown climb into third place above Carmarthen Town, who were forced to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw at lowly Port Talbot.

Christian Doidge fired the Old Gold in front on 14 minutes before a partial floodlight failure halted proceedings at the GenQuip Stadium.

Newtown v Rhyl

In a generally scrappy affair, the Steelmen drew level on 54 minutes when Craig Hanford was adjudged to have fouled Martin Rose and, although Steve Cann saved Rhys Griffiths' penalty, the seven-times Golden Boot winner tucked the rebound away. 

Despite missing five key players through suspensions and injury, Prestatyn Town drew in a goal-less affair with Bangor City at Bastion Gardens.

The result leaves the Citizens in fifth place with Rhyl leading the race to get out of the bottom six before the split.

Right: Newtown goal scorers Luke Boundford and Sean Evans celebrate at Latham Park [Kevin Hughes].