ST ASAPH City manager Daniel Brewerton praised his “tireless” squad following their impressive 2-1 home triumph over Nantlle Vale.

The Saints returned to winning ways at the earliest opportunity to boost their hopes of a top six finish in Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One, and the result leaves them sitting in seventh ahead of their last league contest at Llanrwst United on Tuesday evening.

Brewerton, said: “I’m really proud of the lads, it’s been a tough few weeks for us where we’ve been playing with a bit of a patched up team due to injuries and absentees but the lads that have been involved have worked tirelessly for the team.

“We played with our backs to the wall for large parts and whilst we hit them well on the counter attack, the third goal never came, however we saw the game out and deservedly picked up all three points.”

The home side started the game on the front foot, and they were given the perfect opportunity to draw first blood on 15 minutes when Dan Williams was brought down in the box, and Paul Fleming kept his cool to put away the spot kick to put them ahead.

This spurred the hosts on further during a hugely impressive spell of dominance to start the contest, and they doubled their advantage soon after when a Jason Foulkes free-kick evaded everyone and sailed into the net with 22 on the clock.

After the break saw the away side finally get a foothold into the clash, and they were rewarded for their improved play on 50 minutes when Aaron Thomas pounced to reduce the arrears.

The Saints rode their lick in the closing stages but also defended resolutely to ensure they picked up another vital three points from what has been an encouraging first campaign at the helm for Brewerton.