ST ASAPH City manager Daniel Brewerton praised his “tireless” squad following their impressive 2-1 home triumph over Nantlle Vale.

The Saints returned to winning ways to boost their hopes of a top-six finish in Division One of the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance League.

This result left them sitting in seventh spot ahead of their last league contest at Llanrwst United last night (Tuesday).

Reflecting on the latest success, Brewerton said: “I’m really proud of the lads.

"It’s been a tough few weeks for us where we’ve been playing with a bit of a patched-up team due to injuries and absentees, but the lads that have been involved have worked tirelessly for the team.

“We played with our backs to the wall for large parts and whilst we hit them well on the counter attack, the third goal never came, however we saw the game out and deservedly picked up all three points.”

The home side started the game on the front foot and they were given the perfect opportunity to draw first blood after a quarter-of-an-hour.

Dan Williams was brought down in the box and Paul Fleming kept his cool to put away the spot kick to put the Saints ahead.

This spurred the hosts on further and they were able to double their advantage soon after.

A free kick from Jason Foulkes evaded everyone and sailed into the net after 22 minutes.

After the break, the away side finally gained a foothold in the clash and they were rewarded for their improved play five minutes after the restart when Aaron Thomas pounced to reduce the arrears.

The Saints rode their luck in the closing stages, but they also defended resolutely to ensure they picked up another vital three points from what has been an encouraging first campaign at the helm for Brewerton.