Hats off to LEX XI who pulled of the big surprise of the weekend when they defied all of the odds to send Chirk AAA’s crashing out 3-2. Prior to the match there was a minutes silence as a mark of respect for the recent passing away of former LEX Chairman and Secretary Keith Bryan. LEX had the perfect start when after just 2 minutes, Nathan Evans broke the deadlock unleashing a shot from 25 yards. Chirk composed themselves and were able to turn things around to lead 2-1. On the hour it looked as if Chirk were going to win in a canter after LEX had Craig Griffiths needlessly getting himself sent off for kicking an opponent in an off the ball incident. The dismissal however served to kick start LEX and they pulled level through substitute Nathan Slawson and then in a dramatic finish to the tie, Jason Edwards notched a last gasp winner for LEX.

FC Nomads needed extra time to see of the challenge of Brickfield Rangers who did manage to take the lead through Sam Molyneux. Nomads boss Andy Dutton admitted “We made a poor start but my half time talk must have made an impression. We worked harder and deservedly pulled level through Ryan McCleary. Extra time was needed and we won a penalty which was despatched by Warren Kelly. Both sides then had a player sent off but luckily McCleary made it 3-1 before receiving his second yellow and getting dismissed. We managed to hang on in the end and in Jordan O’Brien we had a real star performer.”

Corwen really do know how to send FC Queens Park home empty handed and they demolished their visitors 4-1. The result does however flatter Corwen with their opponents having much of the play. Andy Roberts and Tom Williams bagged a goal in each half but Helda Ramos did manage a 44th minute consolation goal which made it 1-1 at half time. Park did miss a sack full of chances, hit the bar and post on four separate occasions.

In the all Premier Division clash at Brymbo, they produced a brilliant performance to send Llay Welfare crashing out 6-1. The win left Brymbo assistant manager Matt Wilcox ecstatic claiming “It was an absolute master class in football today. We had 7 first team players missing and the lads who come in really put on a show. In the absence of both strikers we played a false 9 and midfielder Adam Lloyd popped up with an exquisite treble. Paul Messham, Nicky Chesters and man of the match Richie Smullen weighed in with a goal apiece. We had three 16 year olds starting today and they were quite outstanding.” Notching a consolation goal for Welfare was Luke Kavanagh.

Coedpoeth did manage to avenge their recent Welsh Trophy defeat against AFC Brynford and a goal in each half from Nathan Jones and Tom Redman did the trick.

Hawarden Rangers maintained their excellent start to the campaign by beating hosts Rhydymwyn 3-1. Danny Barlow converted a penalty at the start of each half but sandwiched in between was a reply for Rhyd through Nick Manning. As the hosts pressed for an equaliser, sub Henry Carver put the tie out of reach.

Saltney Town are down in the dumps again and they went down 4-2 at home against Penycae and that was after twice taking the lead through Sean Hughes and player boss Jake Gibbons. Centre back Ryan Merrill first levelled and later in the game, teenage sensation Nathan Kendrick got the visitors back on level terms before completing his hat-trick.

Abermule found Llanuwchllyn too tough a nut to crack with Llan progressing with ease 6-1 in fact. Amongst their scorers were Gwidion Ifan(2), Rob Dascalu, Rhys Jones, Sam Evans and Rikki Rowlands.

In the days only Premier Division game, Overton flopped to a 7-2 reversal against Cefn Albion despite Paul Edwards twice being on target. Cefn were missing at least four key players but ran out comfortable winners. They started brightly and a goal from Lee Jones gave them a deserved lead. Shortly after Oliver Davies doubled their tally with a well taken goal. New signing Lee Phelan got himself a debut goal with a spectacular curler into the top corner. Oliver Davies grabbed his second of the match to take a 4-0 half time lead. Further strikes from Jones and Davies had the O’s reeling with Andrew Jones killing the game stone dead.

Turning to Division One, Penley are setting the pace for the rest to follow, they defeated Point of Ayr 4-1 to stay top. Man of the match Matty Wills converted a hat-trick and cementing their win was Dave Ward. What was more satisfying though was the return to the side of Jordan Cartwright and making his first start of the campaign following a nasty shoulder injury.

Acrefair were sent packing, 12-3 in fact by Castell Alun, man of the match Mike Marsden weighed in with a 4 goal salvo and completing their tally were Matty Holmes(2), Lee Atkins, Nathan Jones, Scott Williams and Liam Hughes with a hat-trick.

Maesgwyn came off second best at home Llangollen Town who were in rampant mood winning with ease 8-2. Tryfan Prosser converted a treble and sealing their success were Josh Langford, Matt Pleaven, Nail Broe, Ben Lloyd and Glen Williams. Hitting back for the hosts were Gary Whittaker and Aston Jones.

The local derby between Rhos Aelwyd and Rhostyllen finished honours even at 3-3. Grabbing the hosts goals were Jamie Rogers and James Haynes with a brace. Rhostyllen salvaged a well-earned point through Rob Gibson and a goal in each half from Steve Jones.

In the Reserves Division, Gresford Athletic go marching on and on and the jewel in their crown was teenager Will Roberts who notched himself a hat-trick in his sides 9-0 whitewash. Hugh Jones also grabbed a treble with Craig Worthington netting a brace and sealing their success was Jonathan Collo.

Chirk AAA’s maintain their interest in the title by winning 3-2 at Ruthin Town who had Luke Hatt getting both of their goals.

Hawarden Rangers shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with FC Nomads, Luke Moir and Ellis Jones were on target for Rangers with Harry Massey and Alex Bellis hitting back.

Lewis George is a name you will be hearing a lot about this season, he netted for Penycae in their 1-1 draw with Corwen.

For various reasons, games between Holywell Town and Cefn Druids, Llangollen versus Saltney Town and Mold Alexandra against Brymbo did not go ahead.

In the Reserves and Colts league it was all systems go and relinquishing top spot were LEX Glyndwr who lost 3-1 at Brickfield Rangers whose marksmen were Tyler Harvey(2) and Ryan Harden.

Callum Webber, Corey Jones and Jordan Hensall grabbed two goals apiece and Tom Gunson sealed a 7-2 win for Buckley Town Reserves against Coedpoeth United.

Cefn Albion Reserves came unstuck, they went down 3-1 at home against Overton who netted through Chris Bush(2) and Paul Edwards. Rob Hill did manage to reduce the deficit for Albion.

Rhostyllen triumphed 5-1 against Rhos Aelwyd in the mini derby, making up their nap hand were Gavin Williams(2), Ryan Austin, Ben Pattison and Ryan Mattison.

Ruthin Town struggled to contain Flint Town United who won 1-0.