All key games in the Welsh National League went with form and showing their credential best of all were Queens Park who sent their hosts Llay Welfare crashing to a 5-0 defeat. Tony Jones broke the deadlock after just 8 minutes when he deceived keeper Charlie Williams with a stunning freekick. Nathan Buckley doubled their tally prior to man of the match Barry Torrence weighing in with a goal in each half but was denied his hat-trick after a brilliant double penalty save from Williams. Completing their nap hand was Richard Jones.

It was not exactly vintage Brickfield Rangers but new boss Simon Sedgwick confirmed “there were sufficient plusses about the game and room for improvement but Saltney Town made it tough for us which is reflected in the 3-1 scoreline.” Despite many new faces on parade for Brickfield is was seasoned practitioner Sam Molyneux who delivered the goods bagging a hat-trick as Saltney matched them for large parts of this encounter. Saltney clearly were not there to make up the numbers and had pulled level at the start of the second half with a cheeky back heeled flick from Jack Roberts following a well-rehearsed freekick.

Chirk AAA’s chalked up a narrow 2-0 derby success against Penycae who paraded two 16yr olds Dyfan Smith and Alex Rowlands in their line up and they did not disappoint either. It was the two new boys Chirk boss Mark Holmes had recruited in the summer who made the difference between the two sides, Louie Middlehurst who joined him from Overton bagged the opener and ex Brymbo striker Matty Thomas made the points safe.

As predicted, the Corwen and Cefn Albion clash finished all square but there was plenty of drama in this one and the game really did go down to the wire with Corwen needing a 93rd minute leveller when Paul Jones (pictured) finished off a move created by Ryan Billington. Albion had taken a 54th minute lead through Ian Oliver Davies following some good work from new signing Stuart Thornley.

In the match of the day at Wepre Park between FC Nomads and Brymbo it was current champions Nomad’s who shaded this one. In a closely contested game, Warren Kelly gave the hosts an interval lead but back came Brymbo to level on the hour mark through Nick Smullen. In a frantic ending to this game, Nomads snatched a late winner though Sam Buckley.

Overton have a tough campaign ahead with new manager Paul Edwards ten players down on where the club where this time last season. Despite losing 4-2 it was not all doom and gloom and Hughie Jones and new kid on the block Lloyd Robinson kept them in the game with a goal in each half.

Coedpoeth came unstuck but there were plenty of positives for manager Karl Fenlon despite his side going down 3-1 at home against Hawarden Rangers and on target for them was Nathan Jones.

Showing up best of all in Division One were LEX Glyndwr who had a blistering start whitewashing hosts Johnstown 6-0. Craig Griffiths weighed in with a double salvo, and completing the debacle were Matty Harrison, Dylan Jones, Aled Powell and man of the match Lee Phelan who bagged the best goal of the game.

Maesgwyn were overturned 4-2 by Acrefair Youth who were on target through Aiden Davidson, Jack Goulbourne, Nathan Fell and John Turner with Rob Rogerson and Jamie Edwards replying.

New Brighton Villa gave a below par Llangollen Town a lesson in finishing and their marksmen were Steve Orsler(2) and Jordan Billington but special praise is due to man of the match Martin Jones who created all three of Villa’s goals.

A solitary strike from Dan Harrison provided Rhos Aelwyd with a narrow 1-0 win over Point of Ayr.

Rhostyllen have hit the ground running, first half goals from Kevin Roberts and Mark Williams provided them with a 2-0 victory over AFC Brynford.

It was all square at Rhydymwyn who were held to a 1-1 draw by Penley. Gary Tebble had provided the hosts with the lead but Matty Wills bagged a late leveller.

The weekend’s highest scorers were Gresford Athletic Reserves who whitewashed defending champions Mold Alex 10-0. Jonny Collo was the pick of the bunch weighing in with a 4 goal salvo, new kid on the block Cavan Daley also netted two goals of sheer class. Taking them into double figures were Craig Worthington, Jack Lloyd, Dan Griffin and Graeme Sutcliffe.

Brymbo just about shaded their clash with Holywell Town 3-2 with strikes from Keiran Russell, Chris Bryan and Keiran Taylor.

Hawarden Rangers just about shaded their game with Corwen 3-2 courtesy of strikes from Mike Woodward(2) and Mike Phillips with Owain Ap Gareth and Ryan Jones hitting back.

Llangollen were second best against a rampant Castell Alun who prospered 7-0 and completing their tally were Liam Hughes with a double, Graham Dessington. Mark Emberton, Ryan Griffiths and Leon Bowen and Mike Marsden.

Hats off to Penycae who defeated FC Nomads of CQ 2-1 with Mike Peters bagging both of the hosts goals.

A solitary and rare strike from Richard Belton earned Queens Park a narrow 1-0 verdict over Ruthin Town.

Despite Saltney Town netting through Tom Presley with a goal in each half, Chirk AAA’s turned the tables to win 3-2 with goals from Ryan Lightwood and Will Newall(2).