NEWTOWN'S bid to end in the top two of the JD Cymru Premier ended over Easter.

Defeat at Bala Town on Friday was followed by a home defeat to runaway league champions TNS on Monday to ensure the Robins had to be content with a third place finish.

Newtown travel to Flint Town United on Saturday when they bid to bring the curtain down on a successful season which far exceeded expectations.

And all eyes will be on next month's JD Welsh Cup final with Newtown's bid for European qualification not over yet.

Victory for TNS over Penybont would not only secure the double for the Oswestrians but also see one of Wales' European places drop down to the third place league finisher.

However should Penybont produce an upset it would mean the Bridgend club would claim the European berth.

Should Newtown miss out then the club will be left to curse Wales' coefficient which has been in decline over the past decade due to woeful results in European competition which finally culminated in the loss of a place this year.

Newtown could have few complaints with their double defeat over Easter.

Ex-Caersws and Welshpool Town star Chris Venables scored the goal of the season as Bala Town defeated a below par Newtown at Maes Tegid on Friday.

The result meant Newtown went into Monday needing a miracle and victory over TNS while relying on Bala Town to lose at Caernarfon Town.

Sadly the miracle never happened and despite the heroics of goalkeeper Dave Jones in both games it was Bala Town who sealed their annual place in Europe.