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BALA Town moved three points clear in the race for automatic European qualification with a 3-1 home win over Cardiff Met, while chief rivals Gap Connah's Quay went down to a 2-1 defeat at Bangor City.

The Lakesiders took the lead at home to Met with a Chris Venables header, but the students were level on the half hour when Kyle McCarthy despatched a penalty after a foul by keeper Ashley Morris. Two goals inside five second half minutes settled the contest, Stuart Jones heading home before Mike Hayes headed in from an Anthony Stephens cross for his 14th goal of the campaign to take the lead in the Golden Boot standings.

Henry Jones scored twice in the first 20 minutes for Bangor, the first from a free kick and then converting from a Brad Jackson assist. The Nomads responded in the 59th minute through Matty Owen, but then had George Horan sent-off for a second caution.

In the Play-Off Conference, Airbus UK and Llandudno shared a goal-less draw in Broughton, the Wingmakers' Shaun Pearson making a good save to deny Marc Williams in an otherwise forgettable first half. The hosts showed more purpose after the break and Tony Gray twice went close, while Danny Hughes hit the post for the Seasiders in the final minutes.

Below: Bangor's Henry Jones celebrates with fans after scoring his second goal [Andre Pepper]