JD Cymru Premier round-up | Colwyn Bay boost survival hopes with stoppage time equaliser

JD Cymru Premier champions The New Saints recorded a staggering 21st consecutive league victory with by triumphing 5-1 away at second-placed Connah’s Quay Nomads on Friday night.

The Saints didn’t take long to find the lead as Josh Daniels headed Chris Marriott’s curling delivery past Andy Firth inside four minutes. 

Ben Clark, Danny Davies and Jordan Williams all found the scoresheet with clinical finishes from inside the area as Craig Harrison’s side coasted into a four-goal lead at the break. 

The Nomads restored slight hope just 20 seconds into the second half as Jack Kenny delightfully lobbed Connor Roberts for his 14th goal of the season, but TNS substitute Declan McManus put the game to bed with a cool finish into the top corner late on. 

Udi Akpan scored a 96th-minute equaliser as Colwyn Bay salvaged a crucial point in the fight for survival in a 1-1 draw with Barry Town United at Jenner Park on Saturday. 

Lee Lucas netted his first goal for Barry to break the deadlock just after the hour mark, firing into the bottom corner after Evan Press cut the ball back across goal. 

Jonathan Jones’ side looked like they were going to secure a narrow victory, but Bay had other ideas as Akpan latched onto a long ball over the top and beat Mike Lewis with a composed finish to level the contest in dramatic fashion. 

Friday night’s Gwynedd derby at Maes Tegid between third-place Bala Town and fourth-place Caernarfon Town finished 1-1. 

George Newell put the Lakesiders ahead five minutes before half-time by turning home Osebi Abadaki’s low cross for his eighth goal in six games, but Caernarfon levelled five minutes into the second half when Bala failed to clear Sion Bradley’s in swinging corner and Adam Davies poked the ball home. 

Penybont moved within a point of Haverfordwest County at the top of the Play-Off Conference with a 1-0 away win at Ogi Bridge Meadow on Friday night. 

It was a moment of quality that decided the contest in the ninth minute, as Lewys Ware finished off a superb team move – which involved an excellent Kane Owen run and cheeky Keyon Reffell backheel assist – to secure a third successive away win for Bont. 

Newtown ended their eight-game losing streak as goals from Fumpa Mwandwe and Dom Smith secured a 2-0 win over Cardiff Met on Saturday, which saw the Robins leapfrog the Archers into fifth place. 

Mwandwe scored his first goal since returning to Newtown last month as the 23-year-old slid in on Louis Robles’ cross and tapped home from close range in the 49th minute. 

Scott Ruscoe’s side doubled their lead with another cross from the left in the 74th minute, this time from Callum Roberts, whose pinpoint delivery was guided into the back of the net by Smith. Met are still without a league win in 2024.  

Saturday’s fixture between Pontypridd United and Aberystwyth Town at USW Sports Park was postponed as a result of the visitors failing to fulfil their medical requirement of the game. A new date for the game will be announced in due course. 

JD Cymru Premier results 

Bala Town 1-1 Caernarfon Town
Connah’s Quay Nomads 1-5 The New Saints
Haverfordwest County 0-1 Penybont
Barry Town United 1-1 Colwyn Bay
Newtown 2-0 Cardiff Met

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