There were lots of goals and plenty of drama at the weekend with both Brymbo and FC Queens Park setting out their stalls as front runners. There was drama of a different kind at Clywedog Park and the game between Brickfield Rangers and Cefn Albion ended got abandoned. Not withstanding the 3rd minute dismissal of Ranger’s player Sebb Kidd for a last man challenge, there was a premature end to the game after Cefn player Jamie Foulkes received a traumatic head injury and after waiting over the 30 minutes for an ambulance, the referee called a halt to proceedings.

The days top scorers were Brymbo who gave Castell Alun a lesson in finishing and they punished their hosts 7-1. Brymbo boss Phil Hudson was left ecstatic after his sides display stating “We started slow and found ourselves a goal down after a cross shot from Arthur Doo evaded everyone and went in. We grew into the game and were soon level as new signing Andy Noonan levelled. It was one way traffic from this point and we did everything but score for the rest of the half. We came out the traps flying in the second half and were ahead straight away as Noonan again netted for 2-1, Goal of the game was next as Jake Prescott hit a short corner to Jordan Deer who made no mistake into the top corner from outside the area. Noonan went on to claim his hat-trick with a sweet volley Into the top corner. Player Coach Steve Connor was next in on the act as a quick touch turn and finish made up our nap hand. Last season's top scorer was next on the list as Ben Kearney claimed the last 2 goals to seal a great start to the campaign.”

Sharing the days headlines were FC Queens Park who defeated a weakened Plas Madoc side 5-0. Manager Dave Evans enthused “It was a a tough opening day fixture against last season's unbeaten Plas Madoc but straight from the off we set a blistering pace. James Gregory had the games first chance but the keeper saved well, the ball spilled to Barry Torrence who with a great touch went around the keeper only to be brought down. Torrence dusted himself down and converted the resulting penalty. The move of the half found Tristan Wagner who unleashed a quality half volley past the keeper. Sean Dodd had a firm grip of the midfield and every time our visitors attempted to counter attack he was there to break it up.

As half time approached we had a firm grasp of the game and both Tony Jones and new Club Captain Matty Williams were spreading the ball and kept us ticking. It was a massive bonus to have Barry Torrence back and his silky touches were causing havoc and although he missed several clear chances he still came away with the match ball and a hat-trick. Josh Betteley spurned what seemed like three easier chances but he found space to head home at the back post to cement the points.”

A new look Rhostyllen looked menacing and they clinched a 3-1 success at Saltney Town who broke the deadlock early on but Ben Barrett on the half hour mark but Aeron Edwards capped a fine debut and levelled 5 minute later, Adam Williams headed them in front and Tom Douglas strengthened their grip. Steve Jones missed a gift wrapped chance to bag a further goal when he failed to convert a penalty.

Mold Alex just about shaded their clash with Llay Welfare 2-1 but their manager Mike Gadie was absolutely gutted with the result. “The lads worked so hard against a good Mold Alex side and I thought we shaded the 1st half with an excellent team goal finished off by Tom Wells after a pin point cross from debutant Will Roberts. Mold deservedly levelled though later in the half when we gave away a soft penalty when we should have cleared our lines and after a foul on Matty Lewis, Danny Warren slammed home the resulting spot-kick. Llay had a massive shout for a second goal when Jack Edwards’s header crossed the line but for whatever reason was not given after Mold players even stopped and held hands to their heads. Mold did up the tempo in the second half with Kevin Day menacing, he flashed a volley just past the post after a great save by the keeper but snatched a 75t minute winner with a fantastic strike from 20yards out.

Chirk AAA’s are under new management and for their local derby against Penycae, newly appointed Shaun Colley who made such an impact at Cefn Druids can feel rightly proud of the impact his young side made against a strong Penycae side. A solitary 2nd minute goal of sheer class from Ryan Jones who converted a free-kick from distance did however did shade things in Penycae’s favour to win 1-0.

Rhos Aelwyd returned home with maximum points from their trek to CPD Llanuwchllyn. They broke the deadlock early on through Ieuan Jones but the hosts quickly atoned through Delwyn Jones only for Scott Francis to grab a second half winner

Division One does not kick off until next week but Llay Welfare’s promotion to the Reserves Division saw them achieve a double figure 10-0 success over neighbours Castell Alun. Ex Shrewsbury Town junior rolled back the years and his man of the match display was rewarded with a 5 goal haul. Completing the rout were Dan Richardson (2), Callum Richardson, Mikey Wright and John Rhys Edwards.

In the local derby at Alyn Park, Mold Alex chalked up a 5-1 success against Buckley, making up their nap hand were Elliott Evans(2), Luke Whalley (2) and new signing Lewis George. Bagging a lone consolation goal was Josh Jones.

Rhos Aelwyd prospered 4-0 against Brickfield Rangers and their marksmen were Tom Duckett (2), Aaron Thomas (pen) and Lloyd Marsden.

Corwen shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Cefn Druids but the hosts spurned a 2-0 lead carved out by Huw Sadler and Owen Cordiner. Druids hit back for a point through Darren Evans and Jayden Jones.

A goal in each half from Mike Taylor and Alistair Taylor earned Hawarden Rangers a 2-0 success against Ruthin Town.

Holywell Town shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Gresford Athletic, Sam Edwards grabbed both of the hosts goals with plucky Gresford taking a point from the encounter responding through Taylor Williams and Owen Davies.

Penycae were narrowly defeated 2-1 by FC Queens Park despite taking a 1st minute lead through Ruben Monteiro. Giving the winners the edge was Ben White with both goals.

There was a full programme in the Colts Division which saw several new teams in action. Showing up well were Cefn Mawr Rangers who scalped Airbus UK 4-3, on target were Lewis Jones (2), Chris Roberts and Tom Humphreys.

Dan Griffin grabbed Brymbo’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Bala Town.

Johnstown were narrowly defeated 4-3 by Ruthin Town but netted through Zac Forber (2) and Dyfed Edwards.

Goals from Jordan Walker (2) and Lee Silvester saw Mynydd Isa Spartans beat Coedpoeth United 3-1 who hit back through sub Frankie Griffiths.

Overton are up and running chalking up a 4-1 success against Saltney Town courtesy of strikes from Louis Williams (2), Chris Bush and Mark Mottershead.

Charlie Bradley fired a treble for Rhydymwyn in their 4-1 victory over Cefn Albion, Jack Smallman cemented the win with Tom Miller reducing the arrears.