CAERNARFON Town are still looking for the victory that will secure their top six berth at the JD Cymru Premier split after they were beaten 3-0 at Bala Town.

The Canaries’ suffered their second loss over the festive period at the hands of the Lakesiders’ during a disappointing overall display, and Sean Eardley’s men go in search of a crucial three points that will see them in the top half of the standings for a second straight year this Saturday when they travel to Penybont.

An impressive start from the visitors saw Ben Clark, Sion Bradley and Leo Smith all miss good chances early on, and they were made to pay for their lack of efficiency in front of goal on nine minutes when talented playmaker Henry Jones steered a Chris Venables cross past Alex Ramsay to break the deadlock.

Town were dealt another significant blow when skipper Nathan Craig was forced off with a serious looking injury after colliding with teammate Shaun Cavanagh, and the Cofis’ were forced to make another change soon after when Gruff John’s participation was also cut short.

Venables and Jones were looking lively for the home side and both spurned opportunities to double their advantage just before the break, but the former would not be denied shortly following the interval when he capitalised on a mistake by Gareth Edwards before despatching a close range chance past Ramsay on 50 minutes.

Credit to the visitors, who continued to press in pursuit of a route back into the game, but once again they were lacking in the final third as Bradley and Darren Thomas fluffed their lines when presented with chances.

Their fate was all-but sealed midway through the half when Smith was shown a straight red card for a late challenge, and their misery was compounded late on when Ramsay spilled a cross into the path of Jonny Spittle, who prodded into the net to complete the scoring.