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CONNAH'S Quay took a big step towards finisihing as Welsh Premier League runners-up as they overcame chief rivals Bangor City 1-0 at the Deeside Stadium, despite the dismissal of defender Jonny Spittle after 65 minutes.

In a game which saw referee Huw Jones also brandish 10 yellow cards, former City midfielder Callum Morris gave Nomads the lead on 58 minutes when he headed home from a Sean Smith cross that was flicked-on by Michael Wilde.

Cefn Druids moved above Cardiff Met with a 3-1 victory over the students at The Rock. Jordan Lam put the visitors in front after 19 minutes, but the Ancients hit back with goals from James Davies, Arek Piskorski and Alec Mudimu.

In the Play-Off Conference, Aberystwyth and Carmarthen Town both gained crucial wins in the battle to avoid the drop, which may yet be decided by licensing rather than on-field affairs. An early breakaway goal from Craig Hobson was enough for the Seasiders to win 1-0 at Prestatyn on Friday night, while the Old Gold edged a five-goal affair at home to Llandudno.

Luke Bowen put Carmarthen in front after two minutes only for Lee Thomas to level two minutes later. Danny Shaw's goal again had Llandudno in front, but Aidan O'Kelly equalised quickly before a Liam Thomas penalty settled the contest.

Bala's automatic European hopes are over after a 4-1 home defeat at the hands of champions The New Saints, whose goals came from Ryan Brobbel, Greg Draper, Kevin Kauber and Aeron Edwards, with Ian Sheridan netting the Lakesiders' consolation.