CONNAH’S QUAY NOMADS remain in the running to defend their Cymru Premier crowd but manager Andy Morrison doesn’t just want to be grinding out wins.

Nomads claimed the Deeside bragging rights by beating Flint Town United 2-0 on Tuesday in the first top flight derby between the sides since 1998.

Goals in each half from Danny Davies and Sameron Dool clinched a fourth win in a row to keep second placed Nomads on the tails of The New Saints.

But Morrison, preparing for tonight’s trip to Aberyswyth, accepts it was a hard fought victory and he wants Nomads to play with more freedom.

“We have to be better than that,”said Morrison. “We have to be a better unit.

“We have got to express ourselves more in games because we are the champions of this league, and we are in an incredibly strong position but we are grinding out results when there should be a bit more freedom there.

“I get that there is pressure and I understand that Flint came into the game with nothing to lose.

“I thought they were very good and in the first half we were particularly poor.

“Second half was a bit different and we countered them like we did against Barry at the weekend, and then we scored a second.

“You are hoping that you might get another one but that probably wouldn’t have been fair on them.

“On reflection of the game, normally we dominate games but we weren’t good enough.

“Flint will go home a bit disappointed not to take anything from the game.”

Despite admitting Nomads can play a lot better, Morrison was delighted with another shut-out.

“The identity of this football club is clean sheets and we kept a clean sheet, and we scored two goals,” said Morrison.

“The ball has hit the post but apart from that, Olly Byrne has not had a save to make really.

“We have got to be better than what we are at this moment in time.

“We have got to raise our standards and show that we have got more strings to our bow than just grinding out results.”

Aber lost 2-0 at Haverfordwest on Tuesday and are ninth in the table, and Morrison says his side won’t be sitting back tonight.

“It is promising four wins back to back and another clean sheet,” said Morrison.

“A lot of positives to take from the game but we also need to improve.

“We are going to go there and be incredibly brave, force the game and have a real go at them.”