Three sides are level on points at the top after wins for Port Talbot FC and Barry Town AFC this weekend.
Three sides are level on points at the top of the League of Wales after wins for Port Talbot FC and Barry Town AFC this weekend.
Port Talbot got their weekend off to a perfect start on Friday with a convincing home success against Haverfordwest County AFC. Following long periods of pressure, Mark Dodds opened the scoring late in the first half. Gary Davies scrambled the second over the line from a 74th-minute corner and Gary Twynham's 86th-minute drive, deflected off defender Wayne Price, sent the home fans home happy.
Level on points
The win put Port Talbot level on points with leaders TNS Llansantffraid FC, whose Friday night fixture at Aberystwyth was postponed. Saturday saw Barry draw join them both on 26 points after a 2-1 home success against Welshpool Town AFC. Two first half goals from Jamie Moralee secured all three points and, had Welshpool 'keeper Steve Goodwin not saved his second-half penalty, Moralee could have completed a hattrick. The visitors' consolation goal came from Ben Kinsey on 70 minutes.
On Friday, Flexys Cefn Druids AFC edged past Cwmbran Town FC, with the game's only goal scored by David Cunnah, a deflected drive from the edge of the box after 53 minutes.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Afan Lido FC continued their fine form with a resounding 3-0 success at lowly Oswestry Town FC. Afan Lido's fifth away win of the season was set up by Andrew Pearson's second-minute opener and Kevin Bartley stretched the advantage further on 20 minutes. Liam McCreesh rounded goalkeeper Danny Embleton to complete the scoring on 66 minutes.
Joy for Bangor
Bangor City FC's 5-2 victory at struggling Llanelli FC moved them up a place to fifth. Llanelli, currently without a manager, actually took the lead through Stephen Healey but three goals in eleven minutes from Lee Hunt, Ross Jeffreys and Aled Rowlands quickly turned the game. Carl Mainwaring reduced the deficit just after the restart but Ricky Evans and Craig Roberts ensured an emphatic result with second-half goals.
First away win
Caersws FC won 3-1 at Connahs Quay Nomads FC to record their season's first away success. Graham Evans' 18th-minute low drive gave the visitors a lead that was preserved when Tommy Mutton missed a 48th-minute penalty for the home side. Stuart Terry did head an equaliser ten minutes later but Evans's second from just inside the penalty area after 70 minutes and a tap-in from Ross Stephans completed the scoring.
Caernarfon Town FC eased their worries at the foot of the table with a 2-1 home win over fellow strugglers Carmarthen Town AFC. The home side had to come from behind after Lee Thomas's 33rd-minute volley had broken the deadlock. Thomas' involvement lasted just two minutes more as he was dismissed after picking up his second yellow card. Lloyd Roberts's equaliser on 54 minutes set the contest up for a dramatic finale, which was decided with just ten minutes remaining by Danny Barton's 13th goal of the season.
Rhyl march on
In Saturday's other match, Rhyl FC won 2-0 at Newtown AFC to move up a place to seventh. Steve Fletcher hit the first and Jamie Brewerton force the second into the Newtown goal from close range.