t is fair to suggest that in the main, the majority of Welsh Cup ties went to plan, the notable exception perhaps being an early exit for FC Queens Park who were dumped out of the competition 3-0 at Llanrhaeadr.

The top two teams from the Welsh National League Premier Division came head to head and shading this epic was a last gasp winner for Brickfield Rangers over rivals Chirk AAA’s. Grabbing the games only goal was Lee McBurney. Manager Simon Sedgwick commented “it was a goal worthy of winning any tie, he picked up the ball in his own half and finished the move with a rasping shot that was unstoppable. To be fair, I thought Chirk had the better of the opening half without truly hurting us and we stepped things up a gear and netted the goal we deserved.”

Caernarfon Town shattered the dreams of cup minnows Lex Glyndwr but full credit to LEX they gave it their best shot and took a 41st minute lead through Matty Harrison. The Canaries turned things around with 2 goals at the very end of the opening half through Nathan Craig and Clive Williams. LEX acquitted themselves well after the break with Jay Gibbs quickly adding to their tally but and a late double from Jamie Breese secured a 5-1 win in a game which was not as one sided as the scores suggests.

Carno had no answer to the fast flowing football of Gresford Athletic who took an early lead from the penalty spot converted by Jack Chaloner. Obi Anoura doubled their account before Owen Roberts and Jack Edwards put the tie to bed. Manager Steve Halliwell added “It was a very professional performance on an horrendous pitch. The result never looked in doubt after Jack had broken the deadlock and then three very good team goals followed to produce a perfect result away from home in tricky conditions so we are now in the hat for round 2.”

Richie Foulkes gave Flint Town United an early lead from the penalty spot against Llanfair United who battled hard to stay in the match. It took second half strikes from Alan Bull and Kyle Smythe to see them through 3-0.

Table topping Guilsfield sent Mold Alexandra packing 4-0 and Holywell Town sent Corwen crashing to a 3-0 defeat but they did not have things all of their own way and it was late in the game before they put some real day light between the sides. Just a solitary effort from Steve Lewis separated the teams at half time with Lewis converting with a fierce shot from outside of the area. Tom Williams went close to levelling things for Corwen following a pin point Scott Evans cross but after that Holywell upped the tempo and Jamie McDaid scored with a tap in from close range and as full time approached Lewis bagged his second goal of the match to seal the tie.

Llay Welfare really are hitting a rich vain of form and the 1-0 score-line understated their superiority. Llay bossed the opening half with wing merchants Matty Worral and Alistair Gibson causing havoc on the flanks. The fact Welfare keeper Dave Williams was a passenger almost thoughout and hardly had a save to make tells its own story. The only goal of the match came on the 53rd minute when Rhys Lloyd headed home from close range.

Meliden failed to contain rampant Ruthin Town who won 4-0. Will Ashley opened their account in the 2nd minute, a goal in each half from Sam Jones had the hosts on the rack and Kevin Evans sealed the win in the 68th minute.

Saltney Town moved swiftly into the next round after thrashing Llanrwst 6-0. There was not a lot to chose between the sides at the break but a goal apiece from Dan Burgess and Paul Johnson separated the sides and gave them a 2 goal cushion. Straight after the turnaround, a double salvo from Ryan McCleary had the visitors on the ropes and it was game set and match after Ryan Farrell and sub Jake Gibbons completed the whitewash.

Buckley Town deserve much credit for claiming the scalp of Llaindloes Town 2-1. The Daffs shaded the opening half and took the lead in the 44th minute with a fine headed goal from Gareth Owen. The Stags boss Dan Moore was first to concede “We were really disappointed with our performance in the opening half but after the break we came good so I thought we deserved to win on the balance of play and chances despite Llanidloes proving to be toughest test of the season so far. Aron Williams levelled on the hour and although it was an own deflected goal from a Jay Harvey strike that won us the match, it was nothing more than we deserved.”

Penley progressed at Mochdre, it was 1-1 on 90 minutes with Jordan Cartwright on target but they won the ensuing penalty shoot out 4-3.

Turning to the Premier Division of the Welsh National League, Llanuwchllyn spanked Coedpoeth United 10-2 and their jewel in the crown was Joe Evans who weighed in with a four goal salvo which included a second half treble, Gwidian Ifan also converted a hat-trick with Iwan Roberts and Owen Williams putting the game out of reach. Llan have moved into 3rd spot in the league just 3 points behind the leaders Brickfield Rangers but they have two games in hand. Kurtis Griffiths and Tom Redmond from the penalty spot did reduce the arrears.

Penycae slipped up 2-1 on home soil against Hawarden Rangers who took the lead through a Steve Evans header. Penycae equalised shortly before the break with Austin Owen netting. Hawarden's winner came from a well-taken Wayne Edwards free kick who opened his account in a Hawarden shirt.

At The Rock, a crowd in excess of 150 spectators witnessed a real spectacle where Cefn Albion narrowly defeat Rhostyllen 2-1. Nic Jones carved out an early lead for Albion with a bullet header but Matty Wills levelled on the stroke of half time. Cefn regained control after the break and 17 year old Kien Morris restored his sides lead to give Cefn a deserved 3 points.

Turning to Division One, Brymbo won their top of the table clash against Cefn Mawr Rangers 2-1. A splendid headed goal from Andy Morris gave the visitors the edge at the break but after Andy Noonan had levelled, Brymbo snatched a 79th minute winning goal from Jordan Williams.

It was a bad day at the office for Castell Alun who capitulated at home against Llangollen Town who ran the hosts ragged to win 7-1. Star man was Ben Wilson who converted a hat-trick and piling more agony on the hosts were Sam Gostage(2), Simon Williams and Kevin Day. Reducing the deficit was Owen Williams who did level from the penalty spot at one stage.

Overton will think themselves a trifle unlucky not to have at least taken a point off Maesgwyn and a goal from Jamie Grice had them sitting pretty but Adam Lovett abd Tyler Harvey turned the table for the visitors to head home with a 2-1 win under their belt.

Acrefair Youth crumbled to a 10-1 defeat at Rhos Aelwyd who conjured up their best result from some considerable time. Ryan Jenkins grabbed himself a ha-trick and taking Aelwyd into double figures were Steff Williams, Josh Jones, James Haynes, Jake Simm, Jamie Rogers(2) and Dafydd Robertson. The visitors did respond through Aaron Firmer.

Rhydymwyn chalked up a 5-1 success against Johnstown Youth, making up their nap hand were Nick Jones, Kyle Harte, Ross Sumner and a double from Adam Davies after Ieuan Jones had squared things on the half hour mark.

New Brighton Villa ended all square at 1-1 in their local derby versus Mynydd Isa Spartans, Callum Pierce had his opener cancelled out by Isa’s Darren Jones.

In the Reserves Division the game between Gresford Athletic and FC Nomads was called off due to their being no referee available.

Hawarden Rangers were beaten 3-1 at home by Cefn Druids who prospered following a brace from Jonny Taylor and a Artad Isuzbiski strike. Responding for the hosts was Ross Lavender.

Aaron Davies converted a hat-trick and Cal Lavelle was on target as Mold Alexandra beat Castell Alun 4-1, reducing the arrears was Damian Wilkins.

Ruthin Town secured a 4-1 verdict against Flint Town United and their marksmen were Tom Jones, Will Owen, Dave Finnie and Rhys Rowlands.

Turning to the Reserves and Colts Division, it is Brickfield who still head the pack after flooring hosts Maesgwyn 6-4 courtesy of efforts from Matty Wareham(2), Nathan Slawson(2), Scott Swords and an own goal.

There was a 7 goal thriller at Mynydd Isa Spartans wh finished second best against New Brighton Villa who just shaded this epic 4-3. On target were Matt Williams and Alex Coventry with two goals apiece. Responding were Lee Sylvester, Alex Sumner and Jordan Ashley.

Rhostyllen went down 3-2 at home against Rhos Aelwyd who were on target through Dan Roberts(2) and Jason Holmes.

Alun Vaughan-Evans(2), Huw Sadler and Louis Whetherby combined for Ruthin Town to topple Brymbo 4-1.