WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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• Bala strengthen grip on second place thanks to Kieran Smith winner at Carmarthen
• Bangor resist Cardiff Met fightback to win 3-2 in Play-Off Conference
• Airbus look doomed to relegation after losing crucial home game with Rhyl 2-0
• Llandudno hit back from two goals down to defeat Aberystwyth 4-3

WITH rivals Gap Connah's Quay out of action, Bala Town tightened their grip on second spot with a 1-0 away win at Carmarthen. Kieran Smith scored the game's only goal after three minutes, firing home from the edge of the box from a Dave Thompson throw-in.

Bangor City opened-up a three goal lead against Cardiff Met through another Henry Jones brace and a goal from Dean Rittenburg, but Cardiff Met hit back in the second half with goals from Eliot Evans and Dan Spencer.

In a thriller at Park Avenue, Llandudno took the lead through a Sam Hart penalty two minutes into the second half. Two goals inside three minutes from Luke Sherbon and Luke Borrelli turned the tide for Aberystwyth, before Carmarthen loanee Mark Jones added another from the penalty spot. But the visitors got a goal back through Mike Williams before Danny Hughes and Marc Williams scored inside two minutes, and keeper Dave Roberts then saved a penalty to seal the win.

Airbus went down 2-0 at home to Rhyl in a six-pointer that leaves them 10 points adrift of safety. Steve Lewis fired the Lillies ahead on 66 minutes before ex-Wingmaker Toby Jones ran the edge of the box before firing the second past Shaun Pearson, The visitors had manager Niall McGuinness sent to the stands by referee David Morgan.