BALA TOWN FC captain Chris Venables joined an elite club of players over the weekend as he netted his 200th JD Cymru Premier goal.

The first of three goals scored by the 35-year-old in the Lakesiders' 4-1 win at Barry Town United on Saturday was the one which took him past the two hundred goals mark.

That convincing victory also confirmed Bala's place in the inaugural Europa Conference League for 21/22.

It will be the club's seventh European campaign and they will be looking to replicate the success they enjoyed in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers earlier this season when they beat Valletta 1-0 away in Malta.

Over the years, former Shrewsbury Town trainee Venables has won the top-flight's Golden Boot four times - the second most of any player after Rhys Griffiths who won seven.

Venables did so thrice whilst playing for Aberystwyth Town between 2013-14 and 2015-16 and most recently with Bala in 2019/20.

The 22 goals he netted during that season also saw him win the JD Cymru Premier Player of the Season following a fine campaign.

This season, Venables, who has also played for Caersws, Llanelli and Welshpool in the top-flight, is leading the way once more having scored an impressive 19 goals in just 21 outings for Bala, who he joined back in 2016.

In scoring his 200th JD Cymru Premier goal, he joins an elite and very talented club of goalscorers who have passed that mark - those being Marc Lloyd Williams, Rhys Griffiths, Michael Wilde (currently with Connah's Quay) and Lee Hunt.