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'We've put pressure on our rivals'.

Byline: JOHN BRIDGWATER

BalaTown 3 Newtown 1 BALA Town made the perfect start to the second phase of Welsh Premier with victory at Maes Tegid - but manager Colin Caton felt his side could have made life easier for themselves.

"We dominated the first half, created a lot of chances and could have been five or six up," he said.

"In the second half, Newtown changed things around, were a lot better and came at us, but the third goal was crucial.

"We played some good stuff and were more switched-on defensively, but the disappointing thing was that we had enough chances to have been out of sight.

"But it was an important win which puts pressure on the other teams around us."

Striker Lee Hunt led the way with two goals early in the first half as the Lakesiders made light of a heavy pitch.

But several missed chances almost them cost dear in their first game in the Play-off Conference.

Hunt's first came with a strike on 11 minutes, then he added a second just three minutes later, but the forward - who now has 13 league and cup goals to his name - missed a chance to complete his hat-trick.

Newtown improved after the break, with Lewis Codling forced to clear off the goal line while the visitors also tested home goalkeeper Ashley Morris.

They pulled one back on 57 minutes when Luke Boundford headed in a corner from Iain Edmunds, and they also had the ball in the net through striker Matt Hearsey, but his effort was ruled out for handball.

At the other end, Kenny Lunt and Ian Sheridan both missed golden chances, but defender Stuart Jones settled the issue with a third goal on 73 minutes, the victory lifting Bala up to eighth.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Feb 11, 2013
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