ST ASAPH City were unable to pick up a much-needed three points as they settled for a 1-1 at home to Llandyrnog United.

The Saints’ only had a point to show from a much-improved display against a side also finding it tough in Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One this season, leaving them in 13th ahead of their trip to free-scoring Llanrwst United on Saturday.

Manager Daniel Brewerton, said: “To be honest the result feels as bad as a loss at the moment.

“Going into the game we knew the importance of getting three points against them as they are one of the teams below us and we needed to open that gap.

“The last thing we wanted was to be in a position where we are looking over our shoulders but that’s where we find ourselves and it’s going to be a real battle for us going forward now.

“I thought we dominated the game and for large periods look comfortable, we took a 1-0 lead in at half time and were unlucky not to have scored a couple more.

“Second half we were constantly getting into good areas and creating chances, but that second goal just wasn’t coming and with ten minutes to go we’ve made a simple mistake and they’ve managed to nick a goal from it.

“We’ve still had chances after that to win the game, but we just weren’t clinical enough with that final ball.

“We’ve got a massive few weeks ahead of us now, so we have dig deep to find a way of putting some more points on the board.”

The home side took a deserved lead into the break when Luke Wandless hit the target on 39 minutes, but they failed to make the most of the opportunities that came their way in the second period despite controlling the contest throughout.

They were made to pay for their lack of conviction in the final third when United pounced for a late leveller through Ross Gilbert on 82 minutes, and despite their best efforts City were unable to get their noses back in front and had to settle for a share of the spoils.