There were victories for TNS, Bala Town and gap Connahs Quay in the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League on Tuesday as the Lakesiders booked their place in the Play-Offs on Saturday 4th May.
A solitary Mike Wilde goal gave the Champions another three points in a tight match in West Wales. The Saints started well on a difficult surface at Richmond Park and created early chances through Chris Jones and Kai Edwards, but the Champions were unable to make thr breakthrough. Paul Fowler then had the next chance, but the midfielder was unable to take his chance from close range. There were further chances at both ends in the first half, but neither Steve Cann or Paul Harrison in the respective goals could be beaten.
After the break, the Saints continued to be denied by Cann, but even when he was beaten, Nicky Palmer was on hand on the line to clear Edwards' effort. The deadlock was finally broken with ten minutes remaining and it wasn't surprising who struck it as Mike Wilde, the March Player of the Month, notched his 24th of the season.
Stuart Jones shows his aerial ability for Bala (Kevin Hughes)
Bala Town have guaranteed themselves a place in the Europa League play-off opener on Saturday 4th May as they claimed the points in a hard-fought match at Latham Park. Defender Stuart Jones scored his sixth in seven matches with a bullet header to open the scoring on 18 minutes and that proved decisive. The Lakesiders have now enjoyed seven wins in as many matches in the play-off conference.
The Nomads enhanced their hopes of facing Bala in that play-off showdown as they claimed a comfortable win against the League's bottom club. Danny Forde scored the opener at the Deeside Stadium on 24 minutes and on-loan striker Mike Hayes doubled the advantage on the stroke of the interval. Hayes showed once again why he is so influential to the Nomads in the post-Rhys Healey era, as he notched his brace with fifteen minutes remaining.