In a repeat of last season, it is Brymbo that are setting the pace and they chalked up a convincing 3-0 success over Penycae leaving manager Phil Hudson time to take stock “We were right up for it today as we knew it would be a tough game with players missing but to a man we were excellent and more than deserved the 3 points. Jamie Cumming and Andy Noonan put us 2-0 in front at half-time then another Jamie Cumming goal in the second half sealed the 3 points.” Penycae boss Ben Heath was forced to field a depleted side saying “I was gutted that two players pulled out on the day so it was not a great start. The lads didn’t play too bad in fact we were the better footballing side for large parts but we got hit on the counter and they scored from way out. Keeper Tom Belton gifted them a goal before half time but despite playing so well, nothing worked in the final third. Conner Kendrick had a nailed on penalty waved away which summed our day up and finally after making third sub with 20 minutes to go Kyle Davies sprained his ankle so finished with 10 men conceding another sloppy goal to finish 3-0.

Rhostyllen are putting pressure on the leaders and are just one point behind after flooring hosts Brickfield 5-1 who were not at the races. However it was Brickfield who scored first through Andy Vale but from that point onwards it all went downhill. Olly Allman got the visitors back on level terms. A double salvo from Steve Jones had Brickie on the ropes and then Lee McBurney against his old club and Andy Bithell sealed the win.

Holywell Town who were not even on the starting grid at the start of the season but they are building up a nice head of steam and haven’t lost now in 4 starts. They secured a comfortable 4-0 success against Plas Madoc with strikes from Shaun Tuck who netted in each half, Jacob Wise and substitute Ben Brierly The result left John Haseldine to reflect on his sides unbeaten start saying “I feel we got the deserved result in the end, scoring the 4 goals and keeping a clean sheet and I was happy with the performance by the lads today.”

Rhos Aelwyd shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Llay Welfare but squandered a 2-0 lead created by Daniel Harrison and Ryan Jenkins. Llay stuck to their guns, Tom Wells pegged a goal back and Matty Worrall grabbed a late leveller but Welfare boss Mike Gadie added “We had to make four changes to last weeks starting eleven and we were soon chasing the game. We did however show some resilience to come back from the dead so some credit has to go to my players for not giving up. If we are going to challenge for things this year though we really need to start turning up for every game so rest assured there will be changes next week.”

Castell Alun Colts failed to deliver against an improved Rhydymwyn side who bagged two first half goals through Matty Hill. Nathan Davies did manage a reply but a 3rd goal from Nathan Mendoza shaded things 3-1 for the visitors.

Llanuwchllyn upped their game and took a deserved point from their clash with Mold Alexandra who looked to have their hosts’ dead and buried at one stage with them securing a 3 goal cushion. However a second half collapse saw Llanuwchllyn nick a point from a 3-3 draw courtesy of efforts from Sam Evans who struck twice prior to Delwyn Jones snatching a last gasp equaliser. Mold boss Mike Cunningham was left to bemoan “it really was a disappointing result after a positive start, a worldy of a volley from Matty Lewis had us 1-0 up and soon after Dan Lloyd doubled our tally poking home from close range. Danny Warren had a stone wall penalty appeal turned down before they had two goal line clearances. Danny Wynne made it 3-0 on 50 minutes to enable us to set the cruise control but our plucky hosts thought otherwise who to their credit fought back well and did not give up as it is always the case up there.”

Saltney Town shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw with FC Queens Park at Sandy Lane in a clash which saw both defences cancel each other out early on. It was the visitors who took the lead on 27 minutes with James Gregory putting the final touch to an excellent piece of work from Mikey Latham. Queens Park continued to create chances but Saltney held on to ensure they went into the break in front. The hosts re-entered the arena and parity was restored in the 53rd minute courtesy of a stunning 30-yard strike from Jack Roberts. With it all to play for, both teams pushed hard to unlock the winner, but both defences refused to give anything away. Assistant Saltney Manager Jake Gibbons had the following to say after the game. “It was a well contested game by both teams so a draw was probably the right result.” In the opposite camp, manager Dave Evans stated “Today was all about stopping the rot and trying to turn around our worse run of results in over 12 months. Our keeper suffered a shoulder injury and although he bravely tried to carry on he found himself struggling to save the Saltney equaliser. A quick shuffle of the pack was needed so Barry Torrence had to take over the gloves. In the last action of the game, a Mikey Latham strike from distance hit the post. All in all, a much better performance and something that we can build on before next week’s Welsh Trophy game.”

In Division One, league pacesetters Cefn Mawr Rangers fell to a shock 3-1 reversal against Hawarden Rangers. Tyler Woods struck twice and Tom Burgess sealed the win after Kurt Isaac had hit back.

Mynydd Isa Spartans overcome their early season blip to conquer Johnstown 4-0. On target were Joe Robbins, a brace from Cal Pierce and Kieron Jones.

LEX XI came back from the dead after trailing 3-1 and they earned a 3-3 draw against Rhosllanerchrugog. The visitors took control after some kamikaze defending with efforts from John Rush, Connor Smith and Lucak Delizeka but Joao De Silva and Matty Bennett added to an own goal to square the match.

In the Reserves Division, it is FC Queens Park who are writing the headlines and they sit in poll position 3 points clear of the rest after demolishing hosts Mold Alex 5-0. Making up their nap hand were Danny Roberts, Nial Martin, Liam Davies, Ashley Dawson and Matty Wareham.

Cefn Druids had a double figure 10-0 success against Holywell Town.

Penycae Reserves really have hit the ground running and they thrashed Castell Alun Colts 11-1. Fresh from Youth football they are taking to senior football like a duck to water. Harry Bowen and Tom Edwards notched two goals apiece, Austin Owen converted a hat-trick and sealing their success were Ruben Thorne, Josh Millington and Aaron Jones.

Turning to the Reserves and Colts Division, Cefn Albion slumped to a 4-1 reversal against Mynydd Isa Spartans but managed a solitary response through Zac Davies.

Coedpoeth United looked in a healthy position against Llay Welfare who turned the tables to win 3-2 after Sean Phelan and Josh Jones had ‘Coedy sitting pretty.

Overton Recreation were panned 6-0 by Brymbo and wrapping the days play, Rhydymwyn sank Saltney Town 6-2 and on target were Andy Jones, Charlie Bradley, Jack Smallman, Matt Gilsenan, Andy Jones and Gary McNaught.