CONNAH’S QUAY NOMADS remain in contention to reclaim the JD Cymru Premier title at the end of the season, having finished top of the table at the end of phase one of the 2020/21 campaign.

Andy Morrison’s side won their first ever top-flight title at the end of a 2019/20 season cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Their latest win on Friday night ensured they remained top heading into the ‘split’ - phase two of the season which sees the table split into two shorter tables of six.

The top six battle it out for the title and a place in Europe whilst the bottom six fight for survival.

Connah’s Quay won 5-1 at Newtown on Friday to ensure they stayed three points clear of The New Saints (TNS) in second.

Jamie Breese had put Newtown ahead just three minutes in but Craig Curran equalised on 20mins. A second half flurry of goals from Neil Danns (64’), Callum Morris (P 76’), Michael Wilde (78’) and Jamie Insall (90’) then saw the Nomads cruise to victory.

Elsewhere, TNS kept the pressure on as they picked up an impressive 4-1 win over Caernarfon Town, who secured a top six place also.

Blaine Hudson put the Saints ahead early on and the score remained 1-0 at HT. But then, Ryan Brobbel made it 2-0 and Caernarfon’s Mike Parker was sent off which changed the game as Brobbel netted again a minute later and Hudson struck again late on. Paulo Mendes scored a consolation goal for the Cofis in injury time.

Penybont also secured their place in the top six with a 2-0 victory over Haverfordwest County - goals either half from Sam Snaith (45+1’) and Mael Davies (59’) earning the three points.

Barry Town United remain in fourth after a hard-fought 2-1 win at Cardiff Met Uni.

A Rhydian Morgan own goal gave the visitors a lead which lasted just two minutes before Emlyn Lewis equalised for Met.

The home team did well to keep Barry at bay right until the end when Evan Press, who scored twice against Bala Town in a 6-2 win in the game previous, popped up with the winner for Barry as they once again finished in the top six.

Aberystwyth kept their hopes of staying in the top-flight well and truly alive with a 3-1 win over bottom-of-the-table Cefn Druids.

The Seasiders raced into a 3-0 lead after just 25 minutes through John Owen, Mathew Jones (P) and Louis Bradford. Connor Roberts was dismissed for the home team seven minutes from time before Alex Darlington pulled one back for Druids.

Finally, Bala Town bounced back from three straight defeats in style with a 5-0 win at home to Flint Town United.

Chris Venables hit a brace and Lassana Mendes, Steven Leslie and Antony Kay were all on the scoresheet also.