Andy Morrison thanked his Connah's Quay Nomads players for their efforts in the 3-0 home victory over Llandudno after a 'tough' week off the pitch.

The Nomads boss, who suffered a family bereavement last week, hailed a performance and result that saw his side retain their grip on top spot in the Welsh Premier League.

With coaches Jay Catton and Craig Harrison taking charge for the game, the Nomads went ahead through Ryan Wignall's strike before second half efforts from Andy Owens and Callum Morris clinched victory.

Reflecting on the game, Morrison said:"It's a great end to a tough week - football doesn't make things right, but going home tonight on the back of a defeat with the week I've had would have been a lot tougher, so as I've just said to the lads, I owe them a big one for that.

"I thought it was a thoroughly professional, Connah's Quay-like performance - I spoke with a few of the players this morning, spoke about what we do as a football club and how we go about things and I said if they do that - it's what we've done now for many seasons, stick to the process and the result will take care of itself - and it did, great credit to Jay and Craig for flipping it on about 25 minutes, they just changed the shape.

"It wasn't really causing us a problem but we're at home and we want to go and ask the question of the opposition, we want to dominate possession, we want to dominate physically all over the pitch."

An evenly-contested opening 20 minutes saw chances for both sides, but the deadlock was broken by a smart Nomads attack as Michael Bakare crossed into the six yard box for Wignall to slot past Llandudno 'keeper Connor Roberts.

The hosts' best chance to double their lead in the first half came in the 45th minute, when Wignall's perfect through ball sent Andy Owens clear in front of goal, but The Nomads’ finish struck the post and was cleared.

Eager to double their advantage after the restart, the Nomads created several openings and netted their second in style on 66 minutes when Owens produced a scissor kick from 18 yards out and found the the bottom right corner of the net.

The Nomads’ third eventually came just three minutes from time, when a handball from a Llandudno defender in their own area saw the referee point to the spot.

Morris stepped up and drove a low effort into the bottom right corner to seal another crucial victory for his side.

Title rivals Barry Town climbed to second in the table and within a point of the Nomads as second half goals from Macauley Southam-Hales, Drew Fahiya, Luke Cooper and Jordan Cotterill earned a 4-1 home victory over Newton.

Reigning champions TNS lie third and three points adrift of top spot after a 1-1 draw at 10-man Cardiff Met.

Dean Ebbe headed home an 87th minute leveller for Saints after Adam Roscrow had fired Met ahead from the penalty spot.