Gresford Athletic did not exactly have it all their own way in tough conditions at Stansty Park against plucky Coedpoeth who might argue the score-line flattered Gresford as two or three key decisions did not go their way, particularly the controversial dismissals of Andy Pryde and Cameron Lewis late in the game. Gresford did enough to win the tie 5-0 in the end with their experience showing through. A hotly disputed penalty converted by Jake Eyre broke the deadline in the 27th minute and a goal of sheer class scored by Nathan Williams brilliantly created by Joe Davies gave ‘Coedy a taste of what was to come. Eyre broke free to beat keeper Callum Thurnham on a one to one situation to give the visitors a 3 goal cushion at the break. Kurt Griffiths worked his socks off for ‘Coedy but Jon Hill-Dunt was equal to everything thrown at him. In a scrappy second half, Eyre completed his hat-trick and Jack Challoner completed the visitors nap hand heading home a pin point Joe Culshaw cross. Gresford boss Steve Halliwell was pleased by his side’s progress saying “We are in the next round and that was the day’s number one objective. The pitch was really heavy with all the rain but we mastered the conditions in the end but I am happy with the result and particularly Jakes contribution.”

Sadly, Holywell Town’s dreams of conquering higher league opposition did not quite work out but they clearly gave it their best shot before being edged out 3-2 by Llandudno. Jacob Wise came close for the hosts early on but he was unable to get his header on target. Llandudno took the lead in the 23rd minute with a splendid unstoppable strike from Rob Parry beat Mike Platt. Back came the Wellmen though and a close range header levelled the tie just before half time. Although Holywell started the second half the stronger side, Llandudno restored their lead through Dan Hughes. The goal lifted the visitors and a long distance effort from Hughes shaved the bar. Platt clearly was the busier of the two keepers and was on hand to pull off a great save to prevent Hughes getting his second of the game, then Platt punched away a dangerous ball into the box from a Llandudno corner. As the game entered the final 5 minutes, Holywell found themselves further behind when substitute Bryan Roberts increased the visitors lead netting at the far post. The game did boil over in the final stages when substitute Dylan Allshorn was brought down by Llandudno’s Lee Thomas, which saw both sets of players reacting to the challenge. Town’s James Graham and Sam Jones both saw red and also Llandudno’s Thomas saw red for the initial challenge. In the frantic end to the tie Mark Connolly got on the end of the free kick to peg a goal back and Llandudno’s keeper Shaun Pearson thought he had been fouled seconds before the goal and his protests to the referee also saw him being dismissed so both sides were reduced to 9 men. A dejected manager John Haseldin said “I’m very proud of the way my players performed and stuck together today. Everyone gave it their all and we were very unfortunate to be on the losing side. We’re disappointed but we will dust ourselves down and will look to bounce back.”

Penycae will consider themselves unlucky flopping out following a penalty shoot-out at Bangor 1876. A brace from Anthony Dunleavey and an Efan Woodall strike had given Penycae a slight edge at one stage but it ended all square at the end of 90 minutes and extra time but in a penalty shoot out, spot-kicks from Les Davies, Dylan Williams and Jamie Petrie sent Bangor through.

Out go Chirk AAA’s they were defeated 3-0 by CPD Llannefydd who took an opening half lead through Ynyr Clwyd. Chirk conceded two second half penalties and Elgan Roberts converted both.

Colwyn Bay conjured up a 3-2 success at Corwen and they raced into a 3-0 lead after 30 minutes courtesy of strikes from Tom McCready, Jordan Carrington and Damian Ketley. Corwen refused to surrender and responded with goals from Iorweth Jones and Dale Davies silencing the vociferous Seagulls travelling support. The second half was end to end stuff with the Bay hanging on at the end against the Corwen onslaught. Harry Pooler and Nathan Davies stood out for Corwen.

Dyffryn Nantlle Vale sent Rhydymwyn crashing out 2-0 with strikes from Robert Hughes and Cynan Davies with both goals coming in the opening 10 minutes of the game.

Guilsfield were made to work hard to earn their progress defeating Brymbo 2-1, Adam Davies provided the hosts with a 21st minute lead and Callum Bromley doubled their tally. Despite Jamie Cumming reducing the deficit Brymbo then had two players dismissed and then had no chance of closing the gap.

The Mynydd Isa Spartans versus Llanfair United was washed out with their pitch waterlogged.

It was a trip into the unknown for FC Queens Park but they navigated their way into Round 2 after extra time dumping out Prestatyn Sports. In monsoon conditions and the pitch showing large areas of standing water it was obvious this tie was not going to be a classic. There was not a lot to choose between the sides in the opening half but the visitors’ best chance fell to Barry Torrence who was denied by the upright. Injuries to two key players gave manager Dave Evans a headache, Tristan Wagner was the victim of heavy tackle that forced him to leave the pitch and shortly after keeper Scott Williams fell awkwardly onto his shoulder which put an end to his contribution to the game. Daniel Roberts replaced the injured Wagner and Evans gambled by asking the versatile Barry Torrence to take the gloves. The Park started to build some momentum and a deep cross forced the backtracking defender to head into his own net. The goal looked to have settled the tie and despite the referee signalling there would be 4 minutes of added time the hosts levelled in the 7th minute of stoppage time. In the ensuing period of extra time Prestatyn Sports took a 2-1 lead. This signalled the need for the visitors to have a last throw of the dice, Torrence was restored to the firing line and he made an immediate impact levelling the tie. Torrence then turned provider setting up Daniel Roberts to dink the ball over the keeper and the goal proved decisive. In summing up the win Evans said “It was a heroic effort from all 14 players and into the hat we go for the second round. My man of the match goes to James Gregory as he covered every blade of grass but in fairness it could have gone to anyone.”

Waterloo Rovers were given a lesson in finishing and they were walloped 8-1 by Mold Alexandra. Manager Mike Cunningham was left elated saying “It was a fantastic display against a side who had won 5 out of 5 of their last league games. We knew it would be tough but we took our chances and controlled the game throughout. On the score sheet were man of the match Kev Day who converted a hat-trick, Danny Warren (2), Conner Kendrick (2) and Rhys Nash.

In the Premier Division, Castell Alun Colts failed to break their duck but came close and were narrowly defeated 2-1 at Rhos Aelwyd.

Llay Welfare boss Mike Gadie was left to reflect on his side’s 3-0 reversal at home against Llanuwchllyn saying “It was a tale of two halves; we dominated the opening half, created plenty of chances and a couple of penalty shouts. I can’t quite believe how we came in without the goal we deserved. Credit goes to Llanuwchllyn who gave everything in the second half and scored three goals on the break. I can’t quite put a finger on what is going wrong but it’s now becoming alarming and senior players really need to step up. There is a bit of a distraction away from our league woes where we look forward to a Welsh Trophy game against the unknown Llandudno Athletic.”

In the days shock result, Rhostyllen were walloped 4-1 by Cefn Albion who had been out of sorts themselves lately. Albion broke the deadlock in the 10th minute when they deservedly went in front thanks to a fine strike from Jordan Jones, however on the stroke of half time Rhostyllen levelled through Tom Douglas. Cefn regained the lead when some tremendous work from Callum Mannion who rounded the keeper and unselfishly squaring the ball for Alex Williams to tap home. Danny Holland increased their lead and Nic Jones had their hosts on the canvass to make it 4-1.

Turning to Division One, the Halkyn and Flint Mountain clash with Hawarden was rained off but Llangollen Town sent Rhosllanerchrugog crashing to a 9-3 defeat with strikes from Joe Morris who weighed in with a 4 goal salvo, Jack Gourbourn (2), Dan Weir (2) and Chad Humphries.

Elsewhere, New Brighton Villa conquered Johnstown 5-0 and making up their nap hand were star man Liam Davies with a treble, Louis Tudor and Jack Neale.

Only one Reserves game survived and it involved Rhos Aelwyd defeating Castell Alun 7-1 and their marksmen were Steffan Williams (2), Jason Holmes, Carwyn Davies and hat-trick hero Aaron Thomas. Reducing the deficit was Kev Valentine.

Connah’s Quay Nomads go joint second in the Colts Division after flooring Overton 6-2 who hit back through Tommy Huxley and Chris Bush.

Ruthin Town’s development squad beat Llangollen 5-1 with efforts from Robbie Williams who fired a treble, Harry Austin and Ben Smith.