Connah's Quay went back to the top of the JD Welsh Premier League with a 3-1 win away at Cardiff Met.
The visitors edged a tight game, having withstood a few periods of sustained pressure from the home side in the process.
Nomads went in front early on. Rob Hughes’ cross wasn’t dealt with by Alex Lang, who was put under pressure by Andy Owens, and the loose ball was pounced upon by Callum Morris who lashed home.
Met looked to respond, Chris Baker firing over from distance, before Sam Snaith came close to levelling, heading just wide from a long throw into the box by Morgan.
On the whole though Nomads were comfortably dealing with Met’s attempts to play the ball long, Harrison and Holmes winning a lot of the aerial challenges at the back, and they doubled their lead midway through the half.
Ryan Wignall threaded the Met defence to play in Declan Poole, and the winger made no mistake, slotting past Lang.
Met needed a response, and boss Christian Edwards brought on Dan Spencer for Rhydian Morgan in an attempt to change things up.
Just after the half hour, after a spell of pressure, they were back in it. A long throw from Spencer wasn’t dealt with by the Nomads defence, and it fell to Rhys Thomas to lash home.
Met had a shout for a penalty as the half winded down, and Snaith headed over from close range not long after.
Rob Hughes made way for Laurence Wilson at the break, and the change helped Nomads to stifle Met in the early periods of the second half, before the third and decisive goal came on the hour.
Wignall was involved again, creating space down the left to fire in a cross for Andy Owens to head home.
The goal didn’t deter Met, who sent on Adam Roscrow in search of a way back into the game. They almost found it moments later, the forward bursting down the right to cross for Snaith who headed wide.
That was probably Met’s best chance to come back into the game, with Nomads seeing out the final periods to go back to the top heading into their Irn-Bru Cup tie with Coleraine next week.
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