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Football: Rampant Connah's Quay Nomads close gap on Cymru Alliance League leaders

FOUR-GOAL hero Mike Hayes took his season’s tally to 14 as Gap Connah’s Quay strolled to 5-1 victory over champions Llangefni Town on Anglesey.

Graham Austin had reduced the deficit for the home side to 2-1 with a close range header, before Nomads player-manager Mark McGregor turned home a pinpoint Stuart Scheuber free-kick to score for the third week in a row.

The recently-recalled Hayes then went on to complete his hat-trick and then some, as the visitors strolled to an unexpectedly comfortable victory.

The Deeside Stadium side now sit pretty in second place in the Cymru Alliance, a point behind leaders Cefn Druids with a game in hand but Nomads striker Chris Herbert has left to take the reins at struggling Technogroup Welshpool.

Elsewhere Flint Town moved into eighth place after holding Rhyl 1-1 at Cae-y-Castell, but the Silkmen will believe that they could and should have got more from the match.

Rhyl took a deserved first half lead through a Mark Cadwallader strike, before Shaun Beck levelled after the break.

The Silkmen dominated the majority of the second half and Simon Thelwell and Beck both went close late on.

Struggling Rhydymwyn suffered a 6-1 home loss at the hands of Rhos Aelwyd.

Tom McElmeel pulled one back for Rhyd from the penalty spot on 71 minutes but his goal proved to be scant consolation.

Buckley left their recent poor form behind in order to send Penrhyncoch crashing out of the Welsh-Alliance League Cup with a 6-0 away win.

A single strike from Terry Pughe separated the sides at half-time, before five second half efforts completed the rout, including a great team goal finished off by Wes Brereton – after some good work by James McIntosh, Anthony Williams, Barry Calder and exciting teenage prospect teenager Jack Rowlands.

This Saturday Gap Connah’s Quay host Penrhyncoch while Flint Town United travel to Llangefni Town.

Buckley Town return to league action against Rhos Aelwyd while Rhydymwyn will be hoping to stop the rot when they travel to face another struggling side, basement club Technogroup Welshpool, who will be looking to impress their new boss.