BALA TOWN moved eleven points clear of Barry Town after they beat them 1-0 at Maes Tegid on Saturday afternoon (Apr 24).
Other results saw Penybont go up to fourth place and they sit nine points behind the Lakesiders as the fight for European football continues.
The hosts won an early free kick which Jonny Spittle got on the end of but it was straight at the Barry keeper.
Barry came close on twenty minutes when Luke Cummings sent a ball into the box for Rhys Kavanagh who headed down for Jamie Bird but he saw his shot blocked.
A minute later, the hosts had a great chance of their own as a corner into the box was met by Chris Venables who headed back across goal to Nathan Peate but he sent his effort just wide.
Kavanagh then had a chance for the visitors as he cut in from the left but he sent his shot over the bar.
Henry Jones then sent a dangerous-looking free kick into the box but no Bala player could get on the end of it.
On the stroke of half time Lassana Mendes tried his luck from distance but his shot went wide.
The teams went in at the break with the score at 0-0 and both knew that getting the first goal of the game could prove pivotal to deciding the outcome of the match.
Bala started the second half well and came close when Jones sent a corner into the box but Peate’s header was tipped over the bar.
However, four minutes later it was the home side who got the first goal of the game. Jones crossed the ball to the far post where Mendes was waiting. He controlled the ball before lashing a shot into the roof of the net.
Both sides made a number of changes with goalscorer Mendes one of the ones to be taken off as he suffered an injury.
With thirteen minutes to go, Bala almost got a second goal as Will Evans let fly from long range but Mike Lewis made an excellent save in the Barry goal.
Barry sub Hutson had a chance for the visitors but his effort was comfortably saved by the Bala keeper.
Evan Press then volleyed over the bar as Barry searched for a late equaliser.
Bala were able to hold on though as they sealed an important win in the quest for European football.
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