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Football: We have turned the corner, says GAP Connah’s Quay boss

GAP Connah’s Quay pulled clear of the danger zone with a badly-needed 3-1 win at home to Newtown on Saturday.

Nomads are enjoying an exceptional season in the cups but a seven-game winless Welsh Premier League run has dragged them into the six-team relegation dogfight.

Little wonder, then, Mark McGregor cut a delighted figure after the well-deserved success over the Robins.

And with a very winnable trip to Porthmadog on Saturday (2.30pm) next up for Nomads, their player-manager is setting his sights on achieving an all-important top-12 place.

“This was a really good performance and coming on top of holding Bangor City to a goalless draw at Farrar Road the previous week, I think we can positively push on from here,” said McGregor, whose men moved up to 14th after recording their first league victory since September 27.

“I called for more goals and with a bit of luck it could have been a few more.

“The lads showed their true capabilities and we will all take heart from this as we look to get moving up the table.”

Nomads – who like every other top-flight side need to finish 12th or above to qualify for next season’s new-look Welsh Premier – took the game to Newtown from the off and had already gone close through Chris Herbert and Jamie Petrie before they broke the deadlock in the 25th minute.

Herbert saw his shot saved, but Mike Hayes was on hand to turn in the rebound.

The lead lasted just two minutes, though, as on-loan Wrexham striker Obi Anoruo finished smartly.

But the hosts, fielding an adventurous three-pronged attack, were not to be denied and top-scorer Herbert fired them back in front in the 64th minute before Stuart Scheuber scored a super solo effort 15 minutes from time to settle matters.