Robins boss Chris Hughes paid tribute to his side’s battling quality after what he described as a “bitty” performance as Newtown saw off Flint Town United with a 2-1 victory at Latham Park.

A first half double from Aaron Williams put the Robins in the driving seat, but the result was less comfortable than it could have been after Mark Cadwallader got Flint back into the game with a 49th minute header.

“We started off well in the first 10-15 minutes, we scored a well worked goal and then Flint came into it a little bit with some decent chances,” said Hughes.

“We lost a little bit of control through silly errors, unforced errors, but we finished half strongly and made it 2-0. We changed the shape at half time but we’ve conceded a really sloppy goal. It’s 2-1 and it’s game on and obviously the sending off happened and it allowed us to get a little bit more control back.

“The only thing we didn’t do which we should have done was take our opportunities, we created some really good chances but we didn’t take them.”

The result sent Newtown above Bala into second place as the race for the runners up spot in the JD Cymru Premier nears its conclusion, with the Robins eyeing a return to European competition along with four other contenders in a closely contested second phase of the season.

“At this stage of the season it’s about results over performance and we’ve got the three points today,” added Hughes.

“You had to follow up the win last Friday night (at TNS) otherwise that win doesn’t mean a great deal. It was a scrappy and bitty performance but we ground it out and didn’t really look in any real danger towards the end of the game, we kept the ball well and run the game down well.”