BALA Town may look at their latest spot of action as a missed opportunity.

The Lakesiders began the second portion of their Cymru Premier League season with a home meeting versus Penybont.

Leaders The New Saints and second-placed Connah's Quay Nomads both dropped points, but Bala could not take advantage as they played out a 0-0 draw.

The early pressure came from Rhys Griffiths' visitors, with Bala keeper Alex Ramsay saving from a shot after eight minutes.

At the other end, Lassana Mendes played in George Newell, but he was unable to direct his effort on goal from a tight angle.

Antony Kay and Kieran Smith both sent attempts over the top as the hosts sought a breakthrough, while Adam Roscrow set up Chris Venables, whose half-volley was just inches off target.

Chances were thin on the ground in the second half, while home victory hopes were hit with 20 minutes left as Nathan Peate was sent off.

Despite this, Bala had the better sights of goal before the end.

Roscrow found the side-netting with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining and then the same player almost found the top corner of the net with a bending effort in the last minute.

It was a big day for Kieran Smith, who made a record-breaking 262nd appearance for Bala Town.

He was presented with a gift from the club shortly after the match.