NEWI Cefn Druids suffered their first Welsh Premier League defeat of the season on Friday night as they went down 1-0 to The New Saints.
Druids, after Mark Stewart had gone close early on, were second-best for long periods but their resilience ensured the full-timers only breached their rearguard once.
That came in the 56th minute when Michael Wilde clinically finished off a fine through ball by former Wrexham youngster Alex Darlington. But the hosts, in front of a crowd of 336, could have snatched a point had Matthew Harrison capitalised on John McKenna’s error.
Druids make the long trip to Port Talbot on Saturday (2.30pm) before welcoming Newtown to Plaskynaston Lane on Tuesday (7.30pm) in Group Three of the Loosemores Challenge Cup.
Keiron Jones scored his second hat-trick in three games as Lex XI maintained their flying start to the Cymru Alliance on Saturday with a 4-2 home victory over Llandudno.
Mike Griffiths was also on target for Lex, who entertain Penrhyncoch on Saturday (2.30pm).
Three goals in the last eight minutes brought Gresford Athletic back from the dead on Saturday as they drew 3-3 at Llangefni.
Kevin Hope, Neil Jones and Danny Hughes were the heroes for Gresford, who host Ruthin on Saturday (2.30pm).