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Bala keep up pressure with 'deserved win'.

Byline: JOHN BRIDGWATER

BALA boss Colin Caton praised his side's resolve after the Lakesiders kept alive their Play-off Conference hopes with a 3-1 victory over Port Talbot at Maes Tegid.

After losing in midweek to chief rivals Aberystwyth Town, it was the perfect response from Bala, with man of the match Kenny Lunt leading the Steelmen a merry dance.

Ian Sheridan scored one penalty, and missed another, before Lunt's 20-yarder and another excellent Mark Connolly free kick sealed the win, while Port Talbot also had Adie Harris sent off to add to their woe.

Bala's "It was an excellent performance," said the Bala boss.

"After playing their hearts out with nine men in midweek, I thought the lads were outstanding again on a sticky pitch and fully deserved the win."

Defeat keeps Bala six points adrift of Conference leaders Aberystwyth Town, although the Lakesiders have a game in hand, while the sides also have to meet at Park Avenue.

The Lakesiders made the perfect start, taking an eighth-minute lead with a neatly dispatched penalty from Sheridan after Lunt had been tripped in the box.

They continued to look lively up front with Lunt, Sheridan and Keiran Smith all combining well, before Sheridan had a second penalty saved after being brought down by keeper Steven Hall.

Port Talbot were level on 31 minutes when top scorer Rhys Griffiths slotted home, but the hosts were soon back in front again when Lunt turned the defence 30 yards out before shrugging off a couple of defenders and drilling a low shot inside the right post from the edge of the box.

Colin Caton Bala carved out enough chances to have been further clear before Connolly opened up a two-goal lead early in the second half when he steered a 25-yard free kick into the far corner of the net.

Smith was denied by a goal-line clearance after Lunt had weaved his way through the defence, while Smith brought a good save from Hall from 20 yards.

Any hope of Port Talbot salvaging the game faded once Harris was sent off for his second booking in the 73rd minute.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Mar 31, 2014
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