A DAVID SEAMAN-ESQUE save and a goal from new signing Joe Chaplin helped make it three wins on the spin for resurgent Gresford Athletic.

The Wrexham-based outfit followed up victories over Ruthin and Llanfair with a hard-fought 2-1 success over Penrhyncoch at Clappers Lane.

Chaplin, signed on loan from Colwyn Bay scored what proved to be the winner seven minutes from time, breaking his Gresford duck in only his second appearance.

“He was absolutely made up,” said director of football Steve Halliwell of Chaplin, left, who won the title with Airbus last season. “He was brilliant again and it was great to see him get his goal. He’s made such a huge difference.”

Chaplin’s strike proved to be the winner as Jon Hill-Dunt produced a stunning stop at 1-1.

“It is one of the best saves I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Halliwell. “It was like David Seaman’s against Sheffield United in the FA Cup all those years ago.

“It was crucial as about two minutes later Joe makes it 2-1.”

Jordan MacCarter broke the deadlock for Gresford early in the second period, but Steffan Davies levelled matters before Chaplin handed Halliwell’s men a crucial three points.

“Once we went 1-0 up I thought we’d definitely hold on,” said Halliwell. “But we panicked and conceded a stupid goal after not looking in any danger at all.

“Thankfully, Joe showed exactly why he’s played for the clubs he has by producing a great finish.

“Credit to Penrhyncoch though, they came to our place with a few missing and made it very tough.”

On his fine save, Hill-Dunt, who has managed to hold on to the number one shirt despite Ben Jones’ return from suspension, tweeted: “Still life in the old dog.”

Gresford’s win moved them six points clear of the drop zone, and nine above third from bottom Porthmadog, who suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Llandudno.

Robbie Parry’s penalty handed Llandudno all three points.

Tom Creamer struck an eight-minute hat-trick as Rhyl thumped rock-bottom Llanfair United 7-1.

Creamer’s treble, the final one from the spot, completed a rout that had started with Ben Nash’s brace and strikes from Aaron Hassell and Tom Weir.

Paul Griffiths struck Llanfair’s consolation, as did Alun Roberts for Llangefni, who lost 3-1 at Bangor, who won through Simone Rea, Emmanuel Agyemang and Francesco Serafino.