We have new leaders of the Welsh National League Premier Division and Brymbo have moved into poll position after a convincing 3-0 success at Rhos Aelwyd. The result left manager Phil Hudson delighted with him saying “It was total dominance from start to finish, we went ahead early on as Andy Noonan headed home from a good Jamie Cumming cross, it was soon 2-0 as Ben Kearney raced clear to finish well under the keeper, and just before the half it was game over at 3-0 as Ryan Clarke raced clear and slotted under the keeper. The second half was well drilled from us and we managed the game well and conserved energy to move top of the pile.”

Match of the day was down at the Dunks and FC Queens Park were worthy 3-1 winners in the end as Penycae spurned a glut of good goal scoring opportunities. A deflated Penycae boss Ben Heath admitted, “it was a disappointing result and we only have ourselves to blame. I thought we just about shaded the opening half but our finishing was poor. Even at 1-0 down I thought we were capable of getting something out of the game and Ant Dunleavy deservedly levelled. A harsh penalty was given against us Barry Torrence converted it and went on to double his tally. We need to add more bite to our game and stand up for ourselves before it is too late. Park boss Dave Evans however was highly elated by the outcome and he said “It was a great result today which saw us come away with all three points in what can only be described as a SMART performance. The first half was nip and tuck but after the break we started gaining the upper hand with Aled Powell and Nath Buckley finding time and space to run at their full backs. The first turning point of the game came when a free kick was pumped high into the Penycae area and James Gregory was able to get up high and just beat the on rushing Tom Belton to nick the ball. As it fell, James spun and rolled it into the open net. On the hour, Penycae got a foothold on the game and pegged it back to 1-1. We had a touch of fortune when a Penycae defender was adjudged to have handled the ball and Barry Torrence converted the resulting penalty. With our tails up, we put the game to bed when Edgar Lima set up Torrence to enable the Park to run out 3 - 1 winners. The Man of the match trophy was awarded in front of 149 supporters to defender Luke Hughes.”

Holywell Town remain unbeaten in six starts and they sent Mold Alex crashing to a 3-1 defeat. Just a Mark Connolly strike separated the sides early on but Ben Howarth levelled with the first action of the second half. Putting the game to bed for the Wellmen were Sean Tuck and Luke Edwards. Manager John Haseldin stated “I thought we thoroughly deserved the win today, our performance was what pleased me the most. We were superb for long periods of the game. The players' mentality, their work-rate and everybody working together was key to us getting the result we wanted. Make no mistake Mold are a very good side and they helped bring the best out of us today. We won't get carried away with today's win; we still have a lot of work to do and also plenty of room for improvements.”

Cefn Albion are back in business and they clinched a 4-2 success at Castell Alun Colts. Nathan Williams was man of the match for Albion, he struck twice but made a hash of a penalty chance to deny him a hat-trick. Dan Holland scored with the first action of the second half and then another penalty was awarded which Jordon Williams converted. Full credit goes to Nathan Davies and Josh Price for making a scrap of things replying for the Colts.

Chirk AAA’s have stopped the rot and they showed some true grit to come back from 3-0 down with strikes from Callum Taylor, Niall Freeman and Jordan Owen. Make no bones about it, visitors Llay Welfare should have put the game to bed and the result left Welfare manager Mike Gadie speechless with him saying “It was an unbelievable comeback from Chirk which seen us throw the game away late in the second half. It feels like two points dropped after controlling the game. A great header from Luke Taylor enabled us to take a 1-0 lead. Matthew Worrall capitalised on a defensive mistake to score his easiest goal this season. Tom Wells made it 3-0 after the break and just as we were set to set the cruise control we allowed Chirk back into the game to snatch a point.”

Llanuwchllyn shared a 2-2 draw with Brickfield Rangers who took an early lead through Sebastian Kidd, Tom Jones struck a goal in each half to turn the tables but Max Northall chipped in with an 86th minute equaliser.

Saltney Town conjured up a narrow 1-0 win over Plas Madoc in a match that was actually far more eventful that the single-goal scoreline suggests. Despite the torrential rain, Saltney quickly took control and when Paul Johnson put them 1-0 to the good, a sense of a whitewash was present. Saltney huffed and puffed but could not add to their early lead and entered the break only the single goal separating the side but Plas Madoc were not offering much in return. Even when the visitors had Josh Williams dismissed on 75 minutes for a second yellow card, a breakthrough proved impossible. Saltney Manager Andrew Dutton admitted “we are delighted with another 3 points on the board; however, there will be concerns over a real lack of composure in front of goal.”

In Division One, hats off to Coedpoeth who pulled off a shock 6-4 success at leaders Hawarden Rangers, the jewel in the crown was their talented teenager Oliver Lewis and he stood out like a beacon and his man of the match display was rewarded with a hat-trick. Kurt Griffiths struck twice with Nathan Jones putting the final nail in the coffin. Hitting back and making a scrap of things for the hosts were Tom Janney, Elliott Slade, Matt Armstrong and Alistair Tay

There was plenty of drama and incident at Stansty Park where the game ended at 4-4. Grabbing the headlines for LEX XI was Zac Davies, he scored an own goal, and then bagged himself a double salvo before turning from hero to villain and getting harshly dismissed. Many might argue for showing true grit, the visitors were more than worthy of a point with Aaron Davies, Jack Neal and Lewis Tudor ensured a point went New Brighton’s way after James Gibney and Alex Sherriff had had LEX bossing the game.

Cefn Mawr sent Llangollen crashing to a 3-1 defeat all after Sam Giles had given them the lead. The hosts took charge and were on target through Aaron Blackwell and a goal in each half from Ryan Harden.

There was success for Rhos Aelwyd in the Reserves League Cup, they demolished Brickfield Rangers 4-0 and on target were Aaron Thomas, James Haynes (2) and an own goal but even the neutrals might argue the result flattered the visitors.

Despite Chris Owen and Kevin Hope giving Llay Welfare much hope, they were beaten 5-2 by Ruthin Town who went nap with help from Luke Humphreys(2), Osian Audley, David Wilkins and Luke Appleby.

In the Reserves League, Cefn Druids proved too strong for Gresford Athletic and they progressed 6-3 with the visitors hitting back through Taylor Williams and Alistair Gibson who bagged himself a brace.

Mold Alexandra came up trumps and whitewashed Corwen 4-0 and on target were Aaron Davies, Rhys Peers, Lewis Wright and Jack Ratcliffe.

Turning to the Reserves & Colts League Cup, Brymbo are through to the next round after narrowly defeating Ruthin Town Colts 3-2. Helping them progress were Ryan Cullimore, Luc Bonfer and Kenny Davies with Andy Hession and Dafydd Jones hitting back.

Llangollen Town just about shaded their encounter with Overton Recreation 4-3 with strikes from Jonathon Davies (2), Joe Morris and Josh Taylor with an extra time winner. Reducing the arrears were James Roberts and Henry Massey.

If it was excitement you were looking for then the place to be was Rhydymwyn who needed extra time to see off Coedpoeth United. It turned out to be a 10 goal thriller with ‘Rhyd edging things 6-4 after extra time. Netting for the winners were Charlie Bradley, Matty Gilsenan, a brace from Brynley Preece had the game evenly poised after 90 minutes before extra time strikes from Charlie Bradley and Matty Gilsenan saw their side safely over the line. Gallant ‘Coedy had been on target through Sean Phelan, Ricardo Evans, Leo Almeida and an og.

The most disturbing aspect of the weekend being the fact another 6 fixtures were cancelled due to no referee being available.