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Newtown secured their place in the Europa Conference League, thanks to their thrilling comeback victory over Caernarfon Town in the Play-Off Final this afternoon (Saturday 29th May).

The Robins join Connah's Quay Nomads, The New Saints and Bala Town in European competition next season, after their 5-3 victory at the Oval in a thrilling encounter which saw both sides exchange leads a number of times.

Caernarfon Town had the perfect start when Jack Kenny lobbed Dave Jones in the opening after 18 minutes to send the Cofis 1-0 up. 

The hosts looked comfortable in the first half, until Lewis Brass charged into Lifumpa Mwandwe, earning the visitors a penalty. Nick Rushton duly slotted the penalty kick home to equalise for the Robins.

Things were compounded for Caernarfon just minutes later, when Mwandwe cut inside on his right and fired home from the left flank to give Newtown the lead at the break.

The intensity prevailed in the second half, as Huw Griffiths' men sought a way back into the clash. Fan favourite, Darren Thomas, darted his way into some space in the area on 54 minutes and fired home past Dave Jones to bring the game back on level terms.

Then with 15 minutes to go, he might have thought he'd done enough for his side, as he darted away down the left into free space, was fed in on goal and fired past Jones, as the home side took the lead once more.

But the game was far from over.

Chris Hughes sent on James Davies in search of an equaliser and he quickly repaid his manager's faith. 

From a free kick, the former Cefn Druids man pounced to head past Brass with just ten minutes remaining. Two minutes later, Davies was at it again. A rapid Newtown counter-attack was finished by the frontman, as he raced through on goal and poked past Brass to hand the Robins the lead.

The hosts went all out in attack to desperately find another equaliser in this topsy turvy clash. But with just four minutes remaining, Newtown striker Jamie Breese netted against his former club to put the final nail in the coffin for Caernarfon.

A performance befitting the occasion, as the 2020-21 season drew to a thrilling close.

 

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