BARRY Town United moved to within a point of leaders The New Saints after Momodou Touray’s early goal was enough to end Bala Town’s 100 percent home record.
Barry remain third and move level on points with second-place Connah’s Quay following the Nomads’ goalless draw at Caernarfon on Friday night.
The New Saints were also forced to settle for a point against Newtown.
Barry were rewarded for their positive start when Wales-U21 international Touray fired them in front in the seventh-minute.
Struggling for opportunities, the hosts were eventually given the perfect opportunity to restore parity, but Chris Venables uncharacteristically blazed over from the penalty spot, capping off a frustrating afternoon for the Lakesiders.
Leading scorer Greg Draper netted his 11th goal of the season in controversial fashion as The New Saints fought back in a 1-1 draw Newtown.
The New Saints marksman converted a penalty with 15 minutes remaining after Keiran Mills-Evans was adjudged to have fouled the New Zealander just inside the area.
In-form Newtown led from the 10th minute when Nick Rushton threaded a pass through for Ethan Jones to slip the ball past Paul Harrison.
“Whether it was inside the box looked marginal, but I think it was a foul and Greg tucked it away nicely,” said Saints boss Scott Ruscoe.
“We haven’t done enough in the final third creative-wise – we’ve kept the ball and moved it around, but we’ve been really frustrated today.”
Cardiff Met will regain their place in the top-six with a win over Carmarthen (2.30).
Aberystwyth leapfrogged the Students on Friday night when Geoff Kellaway sealed a 3-1 win over Llanelli. Llandudno and Cefn Druids finished goalless.