CAERNARFON Town remain in pole position for a top six berth at the JD Welsh Premier League split after they secured a 1-1 draw at Llandudno.

This was the second time in four days that the Canaries and Tudno had shared the spoils after their entertaining 3-3 stalemate at The Oval on Boxing Day, and Sean Eardley’s men remain one point clear of Aberystwyth Town ahead of their home tie against struggling Carmarthen Town on Saturday (2.30pm).

The home side went close to opening the scoring on seven minutes when a Mark Connolly free-kick struck the post, with Toby Jones and Danny Hughes also wasting chances in the opening quarter of the contest.

Cofis’ forward Danny Brookwell was forced off through injury on 28 minutes and replaced with former Tudno star Gareth Evans, but chances were t a premium for both sides in the first period to leave the scores level at the break.

After the interval saw the hosts hit the woodwork again through Leo Smith on 65 minutes, and they were made to pay soon after when Sion Bradley continued his excellent recent form with a well taken effort with 69 gone.

This joy proved to be short-lived as the home side were awarded a penalty after 71 minutes, and the returning Connolly held his nerve to put away the spot kick and level matters.

Darren Thomas forced a smart save from Tudno stopper Connor Roberts in the closing stages, with George Harry and Smith coming agonisingly close to sealing a vital three points for the hosts in the final exchanges.

Following Saturday’s final home game before the split against The Old Gold, the Canaries travel to Bala Town on January 12 for a pivotal fixture that will go a long way to determining their fortunes for the remainder of the campaign, with top six rivals Aberystwyth Town coming up against Connah’s Quay Nomads and Barry Town United in the next fortnight.