BALA TOWN returned to winning ways and ended phase one of the JD Cymru Premier 20/21 campaign in style by putting five goals past Flint Town United.

Having lost three matches in a row prior to Friday night's match, Colin Caton's side bounced back in style with a five-star performance, scoring some wonderful goals too.

The three points saw the Lakesiders finish in third place in the JD Cymru Premier table once more with the season now heading into the second phase, which sees the table split into two groups of six.

Bala will once again compete in the Championship half of the table, where teams compete for the title and qualification for European competitions.

At Maes Tegid on Friday, Bala put struggling Flint to the sword with a fine performance.

Before the match, both sets of clubs and officials held a minute silence to pay their respects to Callie Ramsey - the father of Bala goalkeeper Alex Ramsey - who passed away a day earlier.

With Ramsey missing out, Harri Lloyd was called upon in goal and was tested early on by Flint but to no avail.

It took just 20 minutes for Bala to take the lead - midfielder Lassana Mendes receiving the ball on the left hand side before curling in a superb effort.

Bala had a big shout for a penalty with 15 minutes of the first half to go, as captain Chris Venables looked to have been bundled over, but the referee waved play on.

In the second half, Bala really took it up a gear and found themselves four more goals.

It was 2-0 immediately after the restart when Antony Kay climbed higher than everyone else at the back post to head home.

Venables then had a goal ruled out before finding the back of the net for 3-0. The attacker made space for himself well on the edge of the box before hammering the ball home in off the bar.

A fourth goal was added when Steven Leslie unleashed a fantastic effort from 30 yards out which flew into the top corner on 74mins.

The game was well and truly done and dusted when Venables bagged a brace with less than ten minutes to go. The skipper had got on the end of a cross from the right hand side to score his 19th goal of the season from close range.

A great way for the Lakesiders to bounce back from a miserable run of late and a victory which will give them a confidence boost heading into the Championship phase.

They start that part of the season with a tricky home tie v The New Saints on Saturday (2.30pm ko).