LLANDUDNO began Phase Two of the JD Welsh Premier League season with an encouraging 1-1 draw at Aberystwyth Town.

The new-look Tudno side produced a much-improved display to secure one more point in their fight for survival, and Iwan Williams’ men are now ten points away from safety ahead of the pivotal clash against Carmarthen Town at the Giant Hospitality Stadium on Saturday (2.30pm).

The away side started the game on the front foot and almost went ahead after four minutes when former Bangor City striker Les Davies fired an effort over the bar, but they did manage to break the deadlock thanks to a fine effort from outside the area by George Harry with 17 gone.

This provoked a strong response from the hosts, who went close to levelling matters on 21 minutes with a quick counter-attack, but Steve Thomas produced a sensational clearance to keep his side ahead.

Former Tudno forward Marc Williams forced Shaun Pearson into a smart stop after the break on 47 minutes, with Thomas, Alun Webb and debutant Yalany Baio spurning opportunities to double the visitors’ advantage at the other end.

Webb came within inches of getting on the end of a Danny Hughes delivery soon after, and they had a goal disallowed for offside on 66 minutes shortly after Aber rattled the post through a Geoff Kellaway effort.

The home side produced a stunning counter attack to get back on level terms after 76 minutes, and this time Kellaway made no mistake with the finish to steer past Pearson.

They almost managed to secure all three points in the closing stages when a chance was diverted off the line by Toby Jones to ensure both sides went away with something to show for their efforts.