RE­VI­TALISED DRUIDS END ABER CHASE WITH UP­SET

The Non-League Football Paper - - RESULTS SERVICE - By Chris Smart

ABERYSTWYTH TOWN’S hopes of se­cur­ing a top-six place be­fore the Welsh Premier League split were dashed as they crashed to a late win­ner from re­vi­talised

Cefn Druids at Park Av­enue yes­ter­day.

The hosts had good chances to take the lead as Luke Bor­relli dragged a shot wide in the early ex­changes while new sign­ing John Owen had his shot saved from El­liott Scotcher’s de­liv­ery.

But Druids cre­ated a cou­ple of good chances of their own when home keeper Chris Mul­lock could only parry a 25-yard shot and, five min­utes later, Mike Pritchard’s strike was inches wide.

Bor­relli had the ball in the net, only to be ruled off­side, and headed against the bar in the sec­ond half from a Ricky Watts cross. But Druids went close again when a Steve Blenk­in­sop header hit the in­side of a post and re­bounded into Mul­lock’s arms.

The win­ning goal ar­rived five min­utes from time. Sub­sti­tute Adam Eden beat the off­side trap and scored via the in­side of the wood­work to com­plete the Druids’ sec­ond away win for the sea­son.

De­feat for Aber ended their hopes of a top-six place and, with one round be­fore the split, the race for the fi­nal spot is be­tween Car­marthen Town and Llan­dudno. Cardiff Metropoli­tan Univer­sity are as­sured of a berth.

Aberystwyth chair­man Tony Bates said he was dis­ap­pointed with the “dev­as­tat­ing” re­sult but ad­mit­ted Druids de­served to win.

He said: “We can’t com­plain, they’re a very good side but we hope we can se­cure sev­enth and com­pete for a place in Europe.”

Welsh League Di­vi­sion One lead­ers Goytre tight­ened their grip at the top fol­low­ing a 5-3 vic­tory at Risca United. Dan McDon­ald and Lewis Sum­mers scored braces, with Sam O’Sul­li­van also on tar­get. Cal­lum Porter, debu­tante Jor­dan Cooper and Josh Clay­ton net­ted for the hosts. Caerau Ely and Haver­ford­west County shared in a ten-goal thriller as the sides fought out a 5-5 stale­mate.

Rameer Out­law bagged a brace for the Cardiff hosts, with Cur­tis Hut­son net­ting from the spot and Andy Smith and Liam Pika on tar­get. St­ef­fan Wil­liams (twice), Ash­ley Be­van, Stef Davies and Greg Wal­ters scored for County. Louis Ger­rard gave Barry

Town United an early lead against Peny­bont be­fore Joe Hop­kins equalised in a 1-1 draw.

Strikes from Richard French, Craig Hughes and a Richard

Crees own goal gave Cam­brian & Cly­dach a 3-1 tri­umph at Cwm­bran Celtic, who net­ted through Niall Yeates. Mean­while, Jonathan Hood’s spot-kick on the stroke of half-time was enough to give Port Tal­bot Town a 1-0 vic­tory at Caldicot Town. Undy Ath­letic were 3-0 vic­tors at Goytre United, Mon­mouth Town were 4-1 winners over Ton Pen­tre and Afan Lido went down 1-0 at home to Taffs Well, Aaron Ed­wards scor­ing the win­ner in the fourth minute of added time.

In Di­vi­sion Two, a Ricky Carter hat-trick led AFC Ll­wyd­coed to a thump­ing 6-0 win over West End. In Di­vi­sion Three, Pen­rhi­w­ceiber Rangers made it four wins in a row fol­low­ing a 4-1 tri­umph over Pan­teg.

Prestatyn, clear lead­ers of the Cymru Al­liance, went on the ram­page to crush Holy­well Town 6-0 to stay nine points clear.

They broke the vis­i­tors’ re­sis­tance on the stroke of half-time through Jack Lewis. Sec­ond-half strikes came from Noah Ed­wards, Jack Kenny, Jor­dan Davies, James Stead and Alex Wil­liams as the Seasiders stayed un­beaten.

Caernar­fon Town kept within sight of Prestatyn, al­beit 19 points adrift, with a 5-2 trounc­ing of

Gres­ford Ath­letic. Dar­ren Thomas bagged a hat-trick.

Flint Town moved into third with a 3-1 home win over Mold, a Mark Grif­fiths first-half goal gave

Caer­sws a 1-0 win over Buck­ley Town while Gar­mon Hafal and Osian Davies scored for bot­tom club Ruthin Town as they won 2-1 at Holy­head Hot­spur.

Josh Davies swooped for a hat­trick as Porth­madog beat

Llan­fair United 4-2 while an 11th-minute goal from Jon Evans was good enough to give Pen­rhyn­coch vic­tory over strug­gling Conwy Bor­ough.

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