NEWTOWN will play in next season’s Europa Conference League following a thrilling 5-3 play-off final victory against Caernarfon Town.

Defeat for hosts Caernarfon means their wait for a first taste of European football goes on, while Newtown are back in a continental competition after a six-year hiatus.

The Robins join JD Cymru Premier champions Connah’s Quay Nomads, runners-up The New Saints and third-placed Bala Town in Europe for the 2021/22 campaign after their win at the Oval.

Caernarfon got off to the perfect start when Jack Kenny gave the Cofis an 18th-minute lead.

The visitors were given a chance to draw level following a foul on Lifumpa Mwandwe by keeper Lewis Brass.

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Nick Rushton held his nerve from the spot to make it 1-1, and just minutes later the hosts were behind, Mwandwe cutting inside to fire home.

Darren Thomas got Caernarfon’s equaliser on 54 minutes, before firing past Dave Jones again with quarter of an hour remaining to make it 3-2 to the hosts.

Newtown boss Chris Hughes sent on James Davies in search of an equaliser and he quickly came up trumps.

The former Cefn Druids man headed past Brass with 10 minutes left and, soon after, the substitute finished off a counter-attack to make it 4-3.

With the hosts throwing everything into finding a leveller, Jamie Breese netted against his former club to end Caernarfon’s hopes for good.