BALA Town bounced back from defeat on day one of the Championship Conference phase of the JD Cymru Premier 20/21 campaign to claim an impressive 3-2 win at Penybont.

On day one following the season's split, the Lakesiders were narrowly beaten 1-0 at home by TNS thanks to a goal from Ryan Brobbel.

Penybont on the other hand had just beaten reigning JD Cymru Premier champions Connah's Quay 2-0 away from home.

And yet, it was Bala who walked away with the three points from the SDM Glass Stadium on Tuesday (April 13) after a battling performance.

Manager Colin Caton made just the one change from the side defeated by TNS three days earlier as Raul Correia came into the starting eleven in place of Jack Mackreth.

Correia had a great chance early on in the game, but his shot went wide of the target and even scored 11mins in - but the goal was disallowed following a foul in the build up to it.

Bala had looked the much better team in the first half with the likes of Correia and captain Chris Venables going close.

The deadlock was broken on 40mins when Antony Kay fired in following a corner.

And it was the same player who doubled their advantage early on in the second half. Steven Leslie swung in a corner from the left hand side which was swiftly met by Kay who grabbed himself a brace.

The game was far from over though and Penybont began to threaten. Just two minutes after Kay had given Bala a two-goal advantage, it was halved when Kostya Georgievsky bundled the ball over the line past Alex Ramsay.

Bont then nearly equalise moments later before Bala felt they should have had a penalty when Correia was felled in the box.

On 70 mins, Penybont went close to equalising once more through an overhead kick which hit Ramsay, the post and was cleared away.

Bala withstood a lot of pressure from Bont and had their reward for it when Leslie fired in a superb free-kick five minutes from time to restore the two-goal lead.

But, there was still time for Bont to strike again, Lewis Clutton the goalscorer.

Bala hung on towards the end for a massive three points, and with Barry Town United suffering a 6-0 defeat at home to TNS, it opened up a gap of six points between the two sides who are third and fourth in the league table respectively.