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Gap Connah’s Quay: Confidence in Nomads camp after Newtown victory

CONFIDENCE is high in the Gap Connah’s Quay camp for their live S4C clash at Aberystwyth Town on Saturday (2.30pm) after they made it back-to-back Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League wins for the first time since September.

Nomads came from behind to record a thoroughly deserved 2-1 home victory over Newtown on Friday.

The Robins took a seventh-minute lead when the unmarked Luke Boundford collected Gareth Partridge’s pass and scored from 10 yards.

But Mark McGregor’s side – who had fallen to defeats in each of their previous four homes games – lost none of the belief that was generated by their superb 6-1 success at Llanelli.

They peppered the Newtown goal but had to wait until the 49th minute for their pressure to tell.

Rhys Healey hit the bar, Rob Jones saw a shot deflect inches wide and Danny Dobbins had an effort cleared off the line before the Robins’ defence was finally breached.

A lovely team move ended with Jones turning Flintshire Schoolboys graduate Connell Rawlinson and firing home his first goal of the season.

It was left up to the red-hot Healey to settle the contest, the 17-year-old striker netting his 11th of the campaign with a fine individual finish.

The highly rated Healey once again impressed.

But so too did 18-year-old midfielder Ryan Edwards, who was boss McGregor’s man of the match for the second game running.

McGregor said: “It was important that we carried on the momentum and got some points on the board at home.

“We conceded an early goal but the lads stayed patient, kept their belief, and as soon as we got the first, we knew the second wouldn’t be far behind.”

The win over Newtown moved Nomads up to fifth.

But they finished the weekend in sixth position after Bala Town won 3-2 at home to Afan Lido on Sunday.

McGregor is likely to be without midfielder Michael Thompson against Aberystwyth this Sunday after he came off with a calf injury against the Robins.

McGregor has also confirmed that Gary O’Toole has left the club.

The striker, whose goals fired Nomads to the Huws Gray Alliance title last season, has not featured since the 6-4 win at home to Lido on September 22.

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