LLANDUDNO extended their unbeaten run and remain top of WRU National League Division One North after a hard-fought 9-8 home victory over Bala.

The Goats had to dig deep in difficult conditions to secure yet another victory during what has been an excellent season to date, but they were dealt a blow early on when Kelvin Davies was forced off with a dislocated knee that will leave him with a significant spell on the sidelines.

Oscar Lennon got the home side ahead after a tense opening period on 49 minutes, but the away side fought back instantly and gained the initiative with a well-worked try soon after.

A series of penalties throughout the physical encounter ensured the tempo of the game never really reached any great heights, leaving the trusted boot of Lennon to seal an important success against resolute opposition.

The fly-half, who has taken over superbly from injured talisman Ryan Pike, notched another free-kick on 55 minutes, but the away side went ahead through a penalty of their own after Reece Henderson was sent to the sin bin following an infringement.

The Goats weathered the storm and crucially went ahead in the final stages through a third Lennon penalty, and they held on in the face of considerable pressure to maintain their one point lead at the summit.

Reigning champions Nant Conwy also claimed a narrow win thanks to a 10-6 success at Caernarfon.

The visitors went ahead on 15 minutes when Tom Oliver surged across the white wash for an unconverted score, with the Cofis reducing the arrears thanks to an Aled Jones penalty with 17 gone.

After the break saw Nant increase their advantage with their second score of the afternoon courtesy of Gethin Roberts, and despite the hosts despatching another penalty through Guto Pierce it was not enough to prevent the away side from seeing out the remainder of the game in comfortable fashion to remain in the chasing pack.