The headlines sadly so soon into the new season are that 3 games at the weekend had to be cancelled due to a shortage of referees so Premier Division Cup holders Brickfield Rangers had to put their clash with Rhostyllen on hold.

Cefn Albion have been great cup warriors over the years and they scalped Llay Welfare 4-1 with goals from Conner Kendrick, Dion Gibbins, Paul Griffiths and Jamie Foulkes. It was enough to see them into the next round and they dominated from start to finish and they might argue they should have won by a bigger margin.

LEX XI took an early lead through Dylan Jones but their keeper Tom Belton had to save a penalty to keep LEX in the game. FC Nomads squared the clash through Matty Hill and that is how it ended at 90 minutes. A penalty shootout looked as if it was going to be the only way of defining who would be involved in Round 2 and with the clock ticking down, up popped Matt Sumner for a last gasp winner.

Saltney Town's dreams of a good run were ended at Mold Alex who prospered 4-2 but they did open the scoring through Steve Choichi. Connor Turner netted a goal in each half with Callum Freeman and Danny Warrren cementing the win. Choichi grabbed a 2nd goal for Saltney but it was too little too late.

Out go Rhos Aelwyd, they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Hawarden Rangers who grabbed the only goal of the game through Danny Wynne.

In the Premier Division itself, Brymbo were bright in the opening exchanges and could have been ahead when Billy New raced clear only to hit a lame effort at the keeper Joe Jones. Queen's Park struck first when Mike Latham raced clear and coolly slotted under the keeper. Brymbo weren't behind long as Billy New closed the keeper down and deflected his clearance forward then ran onto hit the ball into the empty net, Brymbo's fitness told in the 2nd half and they were creating plenty of chances and went ahead when the impressive Billy New burst clear down the left to square for the unmarked Ben Kearney to smash into the top corner from close range. Park went chasing the game and got caught exposed at the back and Ben Kearney sealed the win when he was sent clear by a Jake Prescott through ball and tucked the ball under the keeper for his 2nd, Brymbo withstood some late pressure to claim 3 big points and go into the cup break joint top.

There was just the one Division One League Cup game scheduled and Rhosllanerchrugog flopped to a 4-0 defeat against Mynydd Isa Spartans who netted through Ady Davies (2), Craig Worthington and Darren Jones.

In Division One, Llangollen Town are within 3 points of the leaders Plas Madoc who didn't play after they savaged neighbours Cefn Mawr Rangers 8-1. There were two own goals, Josh Langford and Kevin Day notched two goals apiece and completing the rout were Nial Broe and Ben Reeley. Reducing the deficit was Ben Duffy.

New Brighton Villa shared a 2-2 draw with Coedpoeth United. On target for Villa were Sam Wainwright and Liam Davies from the penalty spot. Coedpoeth in fact twice squandered the lead carved out by Olly Lewis and Nicky McCormack.

In the Reserves Division League Cup, cup favourites Gresford Athletic took a tumble, they were beaten 4-3 at Brickfield Rangers who were on target through Scott Swords, Matt Wareham, Zac Price and Philip Carr. Giving Gresford hope were Jon Collo with a brace and Jack Mountford.

FC Nomads were second best against Chirk AAA who were worthy 5-1 winners through Sean Morris (2), Louis Penrose, Josh Phillips and Ryan Lightwood whose lightening pace caused havoc all afternoon.

The Queens Park versus Buckley Town was a tense affair. It ended goal-less after 90 mins and extra time but in a sudden death shoot out, keeper Adam Roberts saved two penalties and converted a decisive spot-kick for Park to edge through 5-4.

Booking a passage into the next round are Mold Alex who clinched a 3-2 win at Ruthin Town who replied through Tom Williams and Bradley Jones.

In the league itself, Reserves Division title holders Cefn Druids were tamed at last, they were defeated 3-0 at Corwen who netted through Joe Williams, Scott Evans from the penalty spot and Sion Dolben-Hughes who scored with a clever lob late on.

Hawarden Rangers hit Castell Alun for six, quite literally in fact 6-1 and their marksmen were Barry Morgan, Adam Hoole, Charlie Bradford, Tiler Woods and Tom Janney (2). Colts best player Harry Brown scored a deserved consolation goal.

There were no real surprises in the Reserves and Colts League Cup and producing the best display were Holywell Town who whitewashed hosts Johnstown 8-0. Holywell scorers - Ryan Edge (3), Josh Robertson (2), Aidy Roxburgh, Mike Guest and Ryan Jones

Cefn Mawr Rangers were picked off 2-1 by Llay Welfare who netted trough Callum Richardson and John Rhys Edwards. Hitting back was Sam Sides.

Mynydd Isa Spartans were narrowly defeated 4-3 at home against Cefn Albion and efforts from Sam Riley (2) and Corey Bellis could not stop the rot. Albion hit back to secure a Round 2 berth through Callum Mannion (2), Aaron Holman and Lewis Edwards cemented the comeback after them trailing 3-0 at the interval.

Coedpoeth United beat Llangollen Town 4-1, their marksmen were Tom Edwards, Peter Hope, Jamie Williams and Dave Bromley with Caleb Davies responding.

Rhydymwyn crushed Brymbo 6-1 with help from hat-trick hero Scott Nelson, Connor Gorman, Gary McNaught and an OG.

Turning to the Reserves and Colts Division, a very strong Overton side were turned over 2-1 at Penycae whose side had an average age of 17. Joe Griffiths and Kian Davies netted for the hosts with Aaron Williams replying.

Ruthin Town maintained their push for honours with a 4-3 victory over New Brighton Villa courtesy of strikes from Elgan Hughes, Owen Cordiner, Dion Thomas and Oliver Derosa. Villa reduced the arrears through Alex Coventry, Matt Williams and Dean Blythen.

There was one outstanding and re-arranged Welsh Cup tie from last week and it saw Penycae sink Offa Athletic 6-1 with their goals flowing through Mike Parry, Ryan Merrill, James Trigg, Ben Jones and 2 goal Josh Millington leaving manager Ian Andrews to lament "It was a satisfying display and a well earned overdue success."