Newtown 0 Caersws 1
CAERSWS gained their first win in 10 Welsh Premier outings to take the derby spoils in this basement showdown at Latham Park.
A 19th-minute strike from experienced campaigner Hugh Clarke proved enough to separate the local rivals, with the defender slotting home from close range after a left-wing corner by Geraint Lewis had eluded keeper Dave Jones.
Even before then, the Bluebirds carved enough chances to have taken the lead before Newtown came more into the game, enjoying the bulk of possession after the break without creating many clear-cut opportunities.
The Robins, however, were left to reflect on a crucial penalty miss from Adam Worton five minutes from half-time, when his effort was saved by keeper Andy Mulliner after Ross Stephens had handled.
The derby, watched by a crowd of 875, saw Caersws make the brighter start with midfielder Graham Jones putting one effort wide and another over the bar when well-placed.
Andy Davies also failed to make telling contact with a Neil Mitchell cross after the ball had bobbled awkwardly, with Graham Evans then seeing his shot deflected past the post.
With the Bluebirds losing the injured Graham Jones from midfield, Newtown got more of a grip of the game with substitutes Dale Raven and Jamie Haynes making their mark.
But they found no way back and still hover in the lower reaches of the table.