PRESTATYN Town tightened their grip on the JD Cymru North title thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 home triumph over Conwy Borough.

The Seasiders’ held on for another crucial three points despite going down to nine men in the second period, leaving them in firm control of promotion to the JD Cymru Premier after a standout campaign to date.

Neil Gibson’s side remain nine points clear of Flint Town United at the summit, and they aim to move one step closer to a top-flight return this Saturday during their trip to Buckley Town.

Blustery conditions at the Motion Finance Stadium saw both sides take their time to adjust to the contest, with Alex Jones forcing a stunning save from Ben Heald to deny the home side an opener from their first chance of note.

Ben Maher was the next to go close when his free kick sailed narrowly over on 36 minutes, with Corrig McGonigle coming within inches of breaking the deadlock at the other end when his strike was tipped away from danger by Town stopper Jon Rushton.

After the break saw the hosts dominate early possession but found the resolute Borough back-line in tremendous form, with their persistence finally paying off on 66 minutes when a thunderbolt from long-range by Danny Davies gave Heald no chance.

The home side’s task was made greater with the dismissals of Jones and Jack Higgins in quick succession on 70 and 74 minutes, and although the visitors threw everything at their opponents in the closing stages it was not enough to salvage anything from the game.

This was the Seasiders’ 18th victory in 21 league games from what has been a memorable campaign to date from the pre-season championship favourites.