LLANDUDNO’s hopes of JD Welsh Premier League survival took another major hit as they were beaten 2-1 at fellow strugglers Llanelli Town.

The basement dwellers were unable to build on a positive start that saw them go ahead in the first period to ensure they had nothing to show for their efforts, and they are now nine points off third-from-bottom Cefn Druids ahead of their final game before the split at home to Cardiff Met on Saturday (7.30pm).

The visitors almost got off to the perfect start on nine minutes when a George Harry header rattled the crossbar, but the same player made no mistake with another opportunity soon after producing a fine shot on the turn following good work from recent signing Les Davies.

Things almost got even better immediately following the restart when Davies once again provided a chance for Toby Jones, who fired over the bar.

Gradually the hosts, who fielded former Premier League star Leon Britton in their line-up for the first time, began to see more of the ball and they levelled proceedings on 31 minutes when James Loveridge showed tremendous composure to fire past Shaun Pearson after breaking the Tudno offside trap.

Town were now fully in the ascendancy and they got their noses in front for the first time in the contest on 37 minutes, and once again it was Loveridge who was the thorn in the visitors’ side with his second of the afternoon.

Pearson had to be at his best to deny Loveridge a hat-trick just before the break, and the talented stopper kept his side in the game following the interval with a stunning save to prevent Britton a goal on his debut.

Davies and Danny Hughes went close to securing a point for Tudno but were unable to convert as they fell to their 14th loss in 21 league games so far this term.