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Rhyl handed Welsh Premier title

Welsh Premier

Champions Llanelli surrendered their Welsh Premier title to Rhyl after they were only able to draw 1-1 away to Aberystwyth on Friday night.

Peter Nicholas's side needed to win in order to keep their hopes of retaining their crown alive.

But a point means they cannot catch the Lilywhites who claim the title for the first time in five years.

Rhyl celebrated on Saturday after underlining their status with a 2-1 win over third-placed The New Saints.


Aberystwyth Town 1-1 Llanelli AFC (Fri): Llanelli's grip on the Welsh Premier title came to an end after being held by Aberystwyth.

Sixteen-year-old Tom Bradshaw gave the home side the lead on 72 minutes and although Jordan Follows soon equalised for Llanelli, the visitors were unable to find a winner that would have kept their slim title hopes alive.

Airbus UK Broughton 5-0 Technogroup Welshpool (Fri): Airbus ran riot in the later stages of their mid-table game with Welshpool, who had Geraint Windsor and Mike Thompson sent-off.

The Wingmakers led 2-0 through Mark Cadwallader and Tom Rowlands but then stormed away in the last six minutes, Cadwallader adding a second from the penalty spot and Gary McConnell grabbing a brace in injury time.

Gap Connah's Quay 1-1 Caernarfon Town (Fri): Ged Courtney's 89th-minute equaliser rescued a point for bottom-of-the-table Caernarfon, after an own-goal from Peter Smith had handed Quay a first-half lead.

Haverfordwest County 0-1 Port Talbot Town (Fri): Martin Rose's strike on the stroke of half-time was enough to give Port Talbot the points at County.

Port had some nervous late moments after substitute Scott Evans was sent-off for two quick yellow cards to leave the visitors short-handed.

Rhyl 2-1 The New Saints FC (Sat): Saints threatened to spoil Rhyl's title celebrations by taking an early lead when Alex Darlington struck.

But the Lilywhites, who began the game already confirmed as champions due to Llanelli's draw the previous night, hit back through Chris Roberts and Mark Connelly to finish the day in style.

Bangor City 1-1 Prestatyn Town (Sat): Bangor's winless league run extended to five matches despite taking the lead through Michael Walsh's 39th-minute opener.

But the Welsh Cup finalists were hauled back when Neil Gibson struck soon after half-time, earning Prestatyn a point that takes them five clear of the relegation zone.

Caersws 1-2 Newi Cefn Druids (Sat): Caersws took a sixth-minute lead through Chris Melia but eventually slumped to a defeat that rubber-stamps their relegation from the Welsh Premier.

Kevin Holsgrove hauled Druids level on 74 minutes and then Ricky Evans stroked home an 89th-minute penalty to finally crush Caersws' hopes.

Carmarthen 0-0 Newtown (Sat): Carmarthen watched their slim European hopes disappear with their home stalemate against Newtown, as they cannot now catch The New Saints in third place.


Newport County 1-1 Thurrock (Sat): Newport's four-game winning streak was ended by relegation-threatened Thurrock, who scored nine minutes from time through Lee Flynn although Craig Reid did rescue a point with an equaliser two minutes later.


Banbury 1-1 Merthyr (Sat): Banbury earned a hard-fought point in their bid to avoid relegation thanks to David Stone's opener, although Merthyr fought back to level three minutes from time through Matty Harris.


Colwyn Bay 0-2 Durham (Sat): Colwyn Bay's hope of overhauling league leaders Durham took a hit after Steven Richardson's 26th-minute goal and Matty Mossatt's second-half effort gave the visitors victory.

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