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Football: Festive foursome brings joy to Nomads’ Hayes in 7-1 victory

CHRISTMAS came early for Gap Connah’s Quay as they romped to a 7-1 victory over Rhos Aelwyd at the Deeside Stadium to return to the top of the Huws Gray Alliance on goal difference.

Nomads’ final home game of 2010 on Friday brought a festive feast of goals to Deeside as the hosts gained revenge for Rhos dumping them out of the league cup earlier in the campaign.

Hard work from the groundstaff and general manager Ally Bennett were enough to get the game on despite the cold and the most thankful man for that was Mike Hayes, who blasted four goals in the first half.

Dean Thurston also scored a hat-trick as Nomads ran riot.

Rhos Aelwyd’s goal came from the penalty spot as they failed to exert any pressure throughout the game.

Such was the result that even a 4-1 win at Ruthin 24 hours later was not enough for Rhyl to reclaim top spot as Nomads currently have a goal difference of +26, Rhyl +23.

An amazing derby comeback by FLINT TOWN UNITED saw them take all the points from unfortunate RHYDYMWYN.

The Silkmen were 3-1 down as third-from bottom Rhydymwyn looked all set to arrest their slide down the table.

Matt Harvey headed Rhyd into the lead after 10 minutes from a free-kick and the Silkmen pulled level on 25 minutes, Jack Abraham with a speculative effort from 30 yards.

Sam Heenan raced clear to restore Rhyd’s lead on the stroke of half-time as he fired past Flint’s second-choice stopper Lee Williams.

Mark Gunther then scored with a great far post header from a Heenan cross on 65 minutes as Rhyd took control.

But a penalty award for the visitors, converted by Abraham opened the door for a sensational fightback.

The scores were levelled on 78 minutes when a Jamie Crowther cross was volleyed in by Stuart Hughes and four minutes later Hughes side-footed home inside a crowded box before Ben Jones made it 5-3 to Flint in the 90th minute.

Two goals in seven minutes ensured BUCKLEY TOWN took maximum points at Globe Way against basement club Welshpool, now managed by former Nomad Chris Herbert.

The visitors took the lead on 35 minutes, Jack Pickering volleying home to leave the Bucks trailing.

The hosts restored parity on 58 minutes through Phil Molyneux and after 65 minutes a flick-on from Gareth Caughter found Anthony Williams to make it 2-1.