Welsh Premier & non-league round-up
JD Welsh Premier League
Tuesday, 19 December
The New Saints 3-0 Connah's Quay: Defending champions The New Saints increased their lead at the top of the table after stunning The Nomads with goals by Jamie Mullan and Ryan Brobbel in the first 12 minutes. And Scott Ruscoe's side had the points in the bag when Jon Routledge made it 3-0 with 13 minutes remaining.
Prestatyn 1-2 Cefn Druids: The visitors came from behind to secure maximum points at Bastion Gardens to strengthen their position near the top of the table and make life difficult for struggling Prestatyn, who remain second from bottom. Zac Edwards put the hosts ahead on 26 minutes, but the lead lasted only five minutes before James Davies equalised. Substitute Liam Arsan scored the decisive goal with 11 minutes remaining.
Wednesday, 20 December
Llandudno Town 0-0 Cardiff Met: It was a hard-earned point apiece at the Giant Hospitality Stadium, in a meeting between two side who had slipped to narrow defeats in their previous matches. The draw was enough for Cardiff Met to edge past Connah's Quay into third place, while the Seasiders are now in seventh.
Friday, 22 December
Connah's Quay Nomads 4-0 Newtown: Nomads climbed back into second place as they swept aside ninth-placed Newtown. In the process they made amends for their drubbing at TNS.
Michael Wilde began and finished the goal-scoring with Callum Morris and Ryan Wignall scoring in between.
Bala Town 2-1 Cefn Druids: With the mid-season split looming, Bala enhanced their top-half chances by swapping places with Cefn Druids as they rose to fifth.
Ian Sheridan and Stuart Jones hit the target before Naim Arsan hit back for the visitors.
The New Saints 4-0 Aberystwyth: Greg Draper scored a hat-trick as the leaders underlined their status as overwhelming favourites against struggling Aber with a comfortable win to stretch their advantage to seven points at the top.
Draper opened with a brace and Chris Marriott also struck before the break. Draper added his third late on.
Saturday, 23 December
Carmarthen Town 0-0 Bangor: Bottom club Carmarthen earned a point against second-placed Bangor as they held them to a goalless draw. The visitors are now six points adrift of TNS at the top of the table.
Barry Town 4-0 Prestatyn: Jordan Cotterill and Macauley Southam each scored twice as Barry moved to seventh in the table while adding to struggling Prestatyn's problems, who travelled to south Wales having been thrashed 7-1 by Aberystwyth in their previous game.
Evo-Stik Southern Premier League Table
Merthyr Town 0-1 King's Lynn Town
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North
Colwyn Bay 1-1 Ossett Albion