CAERNARFON Town bowed out of the JD Welsh Cup at the quarter-final stage following a 2-1 home loss to Connah’s Quay Nomads.

The Canaries extended their losing run to four in all competitions after running the Iron-Bru Cup finalists close under the lights at the Oval, and Sean Eardley’s men will look to get out of their recent slump when they welcome Bala Town on Friday (7.45pm).

A cagey opening was brought to life on ten minutes when the away side rattled the crossbar through a Rob Hughes header, and Alex Ramsay did well to recover after initially dropping a Danny Holmes long throw with 16 gone.

Veteran striker Michael Wilde was the next to go close for Andy Morrison’s side when he fluffed his lines with a close range header, but the Nomads did manage to get their noses in front on 25 minutes when Hughes delivered a curling effort from 25 yards straight into the top corner.

This seemed to spark the Cofis’ into life and they levelled matters on 28 minutes when in-form defender Gareth Edwards rose highest to steer a header into the net.

Ramsay had to be at his best just before the break when he kept out yet another Hughes strike in impressive fashion, but the hosts enjoyed a dominant spell of possession early in the second period that did not result in them creating any chances of note thanks to the sterling efforts of the Nomads’ rearguard.

They were made to pay for their lack of creativity in the final third on 63 minutes when Wilde turned in a Michael Bakare cross from six yards out to give them a crucial advantage.

Despite giving their all following the setback, the home side were unable to find a route back into the tie and can now turn their attentions to securing Europa League qualification via their JD Welsh Premier League finish.