PRESTATYN Sports secured derby bragging rights with a hard-fought 2-1 home win over St Asaph City.

Mark Hughes and John Hargreaves’ side emerged victorious from a pulsating clash between the Denbighshire rivals, leaving the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One side in fifth spot with two games of the season remaining.

Both sides created a number of opportunities throughout the first period but were unable to convert to leave the midweek tie scoreless at the break.

After the interval saw the Saints break the deadlock in the opening exchanges when Mike Hargreaves latched on to a long ball before rounding the keeper and slotting into an empty net on 50 minutes.

This provoked a strong response from the home side, who levelled matters on 53 minutes when Kris Owen capitalised on a mistake in the visiting defence to leave him one-on-one, and he produced a composed finish to get his side back into the game.

Things got even better for the hosts during their most dominant spell of the contest, with a stunning cross from Ben Cawley met by the head of James Harper to put Sport in front for the first time.

Credit to Daniel Brewerton’s side, they threw everything at their opponents in the closing stages in pursuit of a share of the spoils, but the home rearguard held firm in the face of some sustained pressure to pick up a crucial three points in their quest for a top six finish.

The result left City in eighth position ahead of the weekend’s action.