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Welsh Premier League Phase 2 weekly review (22/03/2014): Airbus UK keep up the pressure on TNS.

Friday 28th March 2014
Marc Davies brings us the latest action from this season's Welsh Premier League.

Top Six

Airbus UK Broughton continued to apply the pressure on The New Saints at the top of the table with a 2-1 victory against North Wales neighbours Rhyl F.C at the Airfield. The Wingmakers started strongly and were unlucky not be ahead in the 10th minute when Steve Jones saw his strike hit the inside of the post. However the hosts weren't denied for long as they continued to apply the pressure and were rewarded just two minutes later after Rhyl defender Ryan Astles cruelly deflected a Ryan Wade cross into his own net from close range to give Airbus the lead. The hosts almost extended their lead just five minutes later after Ian Kearney dragged a chance narrowly wide. However they weren't made to rue that miss as Chris Budrys instantly doubled their lead in the 20th minute after converting a powerful header past Rhyl ‘keeper Alex Ramsey. The Lilywhites did eventually pull a goal back two minutes before the interval after Stephen Lewis fired in a low strike inside the penalty area to set up a tense second half for the hosts. Airbus had a couple of opportunities to restore their two goal advantage in the second half through Steve Jones and Wade who both wasted decent efforts. The Lilywhites almost punished the hosts late on as Lewis almost levelled the score but saw his strike drift narrowly wide of goal. The Wingmakers eventually held on for the win which keeps them 3 points behind The New Saints and secures a top two spot finish for the second successive season along with a place in Europe, while the result leaves Rhyl in fourth place.

Elsewhere a brace from Michael Wilde sealed a 2-1 for TNS against Mid Wales neighbours Newtown AFC at Latham Park as they remain on course to clinch the Welsh Premier League title for the third year running. Luke Boundford netted a consolation for the Robins who remain in 5th spot. Meanwhile a solitary strike by Les Davies clinched a 1-0 victory for Bangor City against Carmarthen Town at Richmond Park. The win leaves the Citizens in 3rd spot while the Old Gold remain in 6th place.

Bottom six

There was a shock result in the bottom of the table clash at the Deeside Stadium where relegation threatened Gap Connah's Quay claimed a surprising 3-0 win over play-off candidates Aberystwyth Town. The Nomads took the lead in the 17th minute after Luke Holden struck a low shot past Aber ‘keeper Mike Lewis after connecting on to a well worked assist by Michael Burns. Gary O'Toole almost doubled the Nomads' lead after smacking a chance against the crossbar while Chris Venables, Geoff Kellaway and Antonio Corbiserio all came close to an equalizer before the interval for the visitors. O'Toole made up for his first half miss by doubling the lead for the hosts in the 63rd minute after connecting on to a through ball by Gary Roberts before ghosting past the Aber defenders and placing the ball into the back of the net. Venables almost pulled a goal back for the visitors but saw his chance drift narrowly wide. Any hopes of a comeback came to an end in the 87th minute when Mike Hayes tucked in a third goal for the hosts from close range after Roberts hit the post. Despite being reduced to ten men in stoppage time following the dismissal of Lee McArdle, the Nomads comfortably collected all three points which moves them up a spot into 10th place and two points above the drop zone. Despite the defeat, Aberystwyth remain in 7th spot and six points clear of 8th place.

Elsewhere Prestatyn Town replaced Gap Connah's Quay in the relegation zone following a 2-0 defeat to Port Talbot Town at the GenQuip Stadium where Guillem Bauza and Gethin Jones netted for the Steelmen. The win keeps Port Talbot in 9th spot and five points clear of relegation while Prestatyn face a fight on their hands after dropping to 11th spot and two points adrift of safety. Meanwhile the final remaining game saw Bala Town dish out a 5-0 hammering against strugglers Afan Lido at the Marstons Stadium courtesy of a hat trick from the impressive Mark Connolly and individual strikes from Ian Sheridan and Stuart Jones. The victory leaves the Lakesiders in 8th spot, six points from the play offs and seven points clear of relegation. However the result leaves Afan Lido rooted to the bottom of the table and 16 points adrift of safety and almost certainly relegated from the Welsh Premier League.
Marc Davies
Marc is a passionate Arsenal supporter and keen follower of Welsh football. Marc has experienced the highs and lows of supporting the Gunners and regularly attends their matches both home and away. As a native of Cardiff, Marc also regularly attends games involving the Welsh sides in both the English and Welsh football leagues. Marc also travels around the globe to follow the Welsh international side. Marc’s favourite moments include the Arsenal’s 'Invincibles' 2003/2004 season and the Welsh International side's run to the 2016 European Championships Semi Finals. Marc’s favourite players are Aaron Ramsey, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira. Marc has achieved a BA (Hons) Degree in Broadcast Media and Popular Culture and a Masters in International in Journalism.

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