A HEROIC performance from Prestatyn Town saw the Seasiders topple Bala while finishing the game with just nine men.
Michael Parker’s strike early in the second half sealed it for Neil Gibson’s men, who put up a barracade to see off a late Bala charge despite red cards for Gareth Wilson and player-manager Gibson.
The result lifts Prestatyn up to second after TNS’s shock defeat to Carmarthen.
Gibson said he was delighted with his side’s battling qualities, though did question his own sending off for foul and abusive language which seconds after WIlson had recieved his second yellow.
He said: “It really was an almost heroic performance. Bala are a good side, and to go down to nine men for the last few minutes really shows how much resolve we have.
“We’re a bit disappointed with the red card. Obviously we have no qualms with Gareth’s as it was two yellow cards, but I was sent off for foul and abusive language, when I was really talking to Gareth.
An even first half saw Jon HIll-Dunt twice called into action, gathering an effort from Ian Sheridan before making a wonder-save from former Seasider Lee Hunt, diving full stretch to tip away the Bala marksman’s header.
At the other end Andy Parkinson missed Prestatyn’s best opening, and Parker was denied by Lakesiders keeper Ashley Morris.
The Prestatyn midfielder made the break through four minutes into the second half though, looping a stunning finish from an angle for the game’s only goal.
Both Wilson and Gibson were given their marching orders with 18 left on the clock, but Prestatyn dug deep to hold out for their ninth win of the season.
Prestatyn travel to managerless Port Talbot Town on Saturday.