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Football: Gap Connah’s Quay players get hands on silverware after Penycae win

GAP Connah’s Quay waved goodbye to the Huws Gray Alliance with an emphatic away victory – then cracked open the bubbly.

The Nomads completed their title-winning campaign with a 4-0 success at Penycae on Saturday, just a week after guaranteeing top spot with a win over Cefn Druids.

After the final whistle blew at Afoneitha Road, player-boss Mark McGregor and his players were presented with the championship trophy.

McGregor said: “All credit to my lads. They have produced an unbelievable achievement.”

Nomads won the Alliance last year but were denied entry to the Welsh Premier League because they failed to gain a domestic licence from the FA of Wales.

This time around, a licence has been secured and promotion is guaranteed.

McGregor added: “Everyone who has been connected to the club since the new Welsh Premier League was arranged knows that our main target has been to get back ASAP.”

Goals by Gary O’Toole (3) and James McIntosh secured Saturday’s win at Penycae, meaning Nomads completed the season with a 15-match unbeaten run.

It has also been a strong campaign for BUCKLEY TOWN, who are assured of a top-three finish. They won 1-0 at Cefn Druids on Saturday in their final match of the season.

The decisive goal arrived on the 32nd minute when Matty Hughes was fouled on the edge of the box. From the resulting free kick by Andy Moran, Carl Lamb headed home.

Buckley boss Gareth Thomas said: “The performance said everything about the character of the players. We were missing a few players but they went out and put in a battling performance.

“They deserve to finish in the top three as we’ve been consistent throughout the season.”

Buckley will finish runners-up if Rhyl fail to beat bottom club Rhos Aelwyd at Belle Vue on Saturday.

FLINT TOWN UNITED boss Paul Davies has some interesting selection dilemmas for this Saturday’s visit of Penrhyncoch (2.30pm).

A number of regular first-team players were unavailable for last Saturday’s trip to Porthmadog so Davies called on several members of Flint’s under 19s squad.

The Silkmen lost 2-1 but the youngsters in the team did well and Davies may be persuaded to give them a run-out at Cae y Castell this Saturday.

Ninth-placed Flint have not won a league game since February.

Adam Bailey got their goal at Porthmadog, sandwiched between strikes by Craig Roberts and Darren Thomas for the home side.