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Football: Gap Connah’s Quay keep double dream alive with midweek cup win

GAP Connah’s Quay are successfully battling on two fronts as they defend their Huws Gray Alliance title and continue to progress in the League Cup.

On Tuesday night Mark McGregor’s men dispatched hosts Porthmadog 6-3 in the cup in extra time.

It was 3-3 at the end of 90 minutes thanks to a first minute effort form player-boss McGregor, a penalty from Ricky Evans just before the break and a Rhys Healey strike with 19 minutes to go.

In extra time Rob Jones, Liam Loughlin and Jamie Petrie secured Nomads’ passage.

Nomads face Penrhyncoch at the Deeside Stadium on Saturday (2.30pm) hoping to extend their seven-point lead at the top of the Alliance, as their rivals Rhyl and Buckley Town both have games in hand which could see them make a strong challenge for the title.

McGregor knows his side will need to be at their best to overcome Penrhyncoch however.

“They are doing very well in the league and are always a difficult team to beat,” he said. “We will need to be at our best and try to convert the chances we create.

“We are delighted to be in the semi-final and on another night we should have progressed in normal time after we wasted a number of gilt-edge chances.”

BUCKLEY TOWN face strugglers Ruthin Town at Globe Way on Saturday (2.30pm).

They currently hold two games in hand over the league leaders and will need to bank a result against their relegation-threatened visitors.

The Bucks clocked up a 6-2 away win at Porthmadog on Saturday.

Gareth Thomas, back in charge, handed debuts to former Airbus player Mark Allen and Carl Lamb and after six minutes Gareth Edwards headed the Bucks into the lead.

Ant Williams grabbed the second from a long kick from keeper Khalid Al Samaarie before Edwards headed home their third.

Porth pulled a goal back before half time but in the second Andy Moran bent a free kick into the bottom corner to make it 4-1 and Matty Hughes nodded home the Bucks’ fifth.

Porth grabbed another goal but Derek Taylor had the final say for Buckley.

FLINT TOWN UNITED welcome Conwy United to Cae-y-Castell tomorrow night (7.30pm) looking to make it six straight league wins.

But Mick McGraa’s team have shown they are a force to be reckoned with recently, beating Buckley and drawing at Nomads.

The Silkmen will be at full strength having been without a game last weekend.