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Football: Gap Connah’s Quay in charge after 6-2 romp

LEAGUE leaders Gap Connah’s Quay hammered six past visitors Caersws as they continue to lay waste to the Huws Gray Alliance.

Gary O’Toole added two more to his impressive tally of goals this season as Mark McGregor’s men stamped their authority on yet another obstacle in their quest to return to the Welsh Premier League at the first time of asking.

Caersws, on the wrong end of the 6-2 mauling, are no mugs however and are themselves competing at the top of the division.

But Nomads simply overwhelmed them for their seventh win in seven league games.

Caersws battled hard early on and equalised after O’Toole’s opener but when Nomads took the lead again it sparked controversy.

A free kick from the right was cleared to Danny Forde who lofted a pass into the area where centre back Andy Alston was unmarked and picked his spot to slot beyond the keeper.

Caersws’ players and bench erupted as they thought Alston was offside but the goal was given and Nomads had the advantage.

In the second half it took just five minutes to end the match as a contest. The introduction of Alan Hooley and Jamie Petrie brought a switch to 4-4-2 and Nomads used the tactical shift grab a third on 66 minutes, Michael Hayes finding space inside the box to fire into the bottom corner.

Less than 60 seconds later Hayes turned provider with a cross that picked out unmarked strike-partner O’Toole on the edge of the area to beat a tame attempt at a save by the opposition keeper and make it 4-1.

Two minutes later a deep corner was punched clear as far as Tom Baker, who cracked a first-time shot from 25 yards that flew into the net.

Petrie was on hand to complete the rout late on.

FLINT TOWN UNITED moved up to third after a 2-0 win at Ruthin Town.

After a first half stalemate, Danny Sullivan and Phil Molyneux bagged goals in the second half for the Silkmen to seal victory.

Llangefni Town defeated BUCKLEY TOWN 4-1.

Gary McConnell pulled one back for the Bucks at 3-1 but they never looked like mounting a comeback.

Porthmadog scored a 3-0 win at RHYDYMWYN, who are in the midst of a difficult run of form and are struggling to consistently pick up maximum points.