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Football: Gap Connah’s Quay beat Rhyl to put them one win away from Huws Gray Alliance crown

MARK McGregor is hoping history will repeat itself and Gap Connah’s Quay will win the Huws Gray Alliance title at home against Cefn Druids a week on Saturday.

Nomads need only to win one of their final two games, against Druids on April 7 or at Penycae on April 14, to successfully defend their league title and deny Rhyl the glory.

They are in control of their own destiny after coming from behind to defeat Rhyl 2-1 in front of 528 fans at the Deeside Stadium on Saturday thanks to goals from Ricky Evans and Danny Forde but player-boss McGregor admitted he was unhappy for most of the first half.

“I didn’t enjoy the first half until they scored really,” he said.

“Everybody knew that the winners would be in the driving seat for the title but we were not really playing well but their goal woke us up and we started to play our game.”

Nomads were not helped when the day before the match, centre-back Michael Robinson was ruled out with a broken ankle.

The reshuffle saw Danny Dobbins placed in defence and McGregor was full of praise for him.

“Losing Mike was a massive blow,” he said. “But I brought Danny in to do a job and to be fair he was the star man against Rhyl in my book.”

Nomads will find out on Monday whether they have been successful in securing an FAW Domestic Licence, which would allow them to gain promotion to the Welsh Premier should they win the league.

BUCKLEY TOWN, chasing runners-up spot, lost 2-0 at home to Caersws on Tuesday night after beating Rhos Aelwyd 4-2 on the road on Saturday.

Gareth Edwards scored for the Bucks but Rhos levelled in the first half.

A 20-yard volley from Tom Smith restored their lead in style and the same player flicked a long-throw home to double Buckley’s tally before the break.

A long goal kick from Khalid Al Samaarie found Neil Wynne soon after the restart to lob home Buckley’s fourth before Rhos struck with the last kick of the game.

FLINT TOWN UNITED suffered a 1-0 defeat at Penrhyncoch on Saturday.

The Silkmen are the only Flintshire side in action on Saturday as they are on their travels again, this time at Guilsfield.

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