LLANDUDNO moved top of the JD Welsh Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 win over tenman Connah’s Quay Nomads at the Giant Hospitality Stadium yesterday.
Last year’s runners-up Connah’s Quay knew they would be in for a tough afternoon after Mike Pearson was sent off for a foul in the box.
But the score remained level after Sam Hart hit the resulting penalty wide.
But they finally got on the scoresheet midway through the second half with Toby Jones proving to be the matchwinner.
Meanwhile, Bala Town struck at the death to seal a 2-1 triumph and end Cardiff Met’s perfect start to the season.
The JD Welsh Cup winners went ahead through Nathan Burke’s smart finish but Adam Roscrow restored parity after good work from Jordan Lam.
However, Bala claimed a dramatic winner in the dying minutes with a late penalty. Chris Venables saw his initial spot-kick saved but he slammed home the rebound to secure the victory.
Bangor City responded to their defeat last weekend with a narrow 1-0 win over newly promoted Prestatyn Town at The Bangor University Stadium.
Danny Holmes’ first-half strike was enough for Bangor to edge past the Huws Gray Alliance champions, who had James Stead sent off after kicking out at Daniel Gossett.
In other action, Cefn Druids claimed their first win of the new league season with a 2-0 victory over Aberystwyth Town at The Rock.
The hosts went ahead through Michael Pritchard after 22 minutes before Matthew Eckersley doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time.
And the Druids produced a professional second-half display to take all three points.
Elsewhere, Carmarthen Town are the only side in the league without a point so far after falling to a heavy 4-1 defeat at Newtown.
Lewis Harling opened the scoring for Carmarthen but Newtown came back with a sublime free kick from Jamie Price.
Neil Mitchell then volleyed Newtown ahead before secondhalf strikes from Nick Rushton and Jamie Reed added gloss to the scoreline.