Buckley Town came a right cropper in the Welsh Cup and flopped to a shock 6-1 reversal against underdogs Corwen. Rest assured this was no fluke and the score in fact might have even been by a bigger margin as Corwen cruised home. The jewel in the visitors crown was Sion Dolben Hughes who weighed in with a double salvo after Sion Roberts had opened up their account, Iorweth Jones, Ryan Jones and Tomos Hughes plundered Buckley deeper into the mire before Jamie Evans salvaged a lone consolation goal.

Out go Hawarden Rangers though as they were toppled 4-1 by Prestatyn Town but assistant manager Dave Sweet reported “It was a true test of our credentials for us against a very good team. We conceded after 6 minutes after a header from a throw in so it was always going to be a massive test.

After that we realised that we had every chance and Dom Auty made a great run and was brought down in the box, unfortunately the resulting penalty by Lewis Cunliffe was saved. They scored again on the half hour from another long throw through Damien Ketley and still we probed and should have scored before half time. We started the second half very positively and again Lewis Cunliffe was one on one, however his shot was saved superbly. They got in against the run of play and scored, however, youngster Alek Walsh got the goal he deserved and made it 3-1. As we pushed to bring ourselves back in to the game they scored another from a cross to make it 4-1 and that was game over. I thought we were brilliant today and if the penalty had have gone in things might have been very different.”

In the league, Premier Division leaders FC Queens had to come from a goal behind to defeat Cefn Albion 3-1. A high tempo opening half produced no goals but Cefn struck first blood in the 53rd minute when skipper Paul Griffiths headed home a well rehearsed free-kick. Almost from the restart the hosts were back level following touch of sheer class from Edgar Lima. The Cefn heads dropped and almost immediately Park took the lead with a wonderful goal from Corey Smart. It was then game set and match when Levi Roberts scored with a low drive past Cefn keeper Nathan Aldridge.

Llanuwchllyn made a real fist of things trying to tame Brickfield Rangers who took a deserved 2-0 lead through Sam Molyneux who opened the scoring for Brickfield after 15 minutes. Dale Davies scored 5 minutes before half time to open up a two goal cushion but the hosts refused to surrender and manager Simon Sedgwick admitted “They put us under some considerable pressure in the second half and immediately pegged a goal back through Dan Dascalu and we were up against it. We did have ample chances to kick on with Kevin Breeze and Aled Rees both going agonisingly close.”

The Llay Welfare versuts Chirk AAA’s was yet another victim of the referee crisis.

Overton were narrowly defeated 2-1 on home soil against Brymbo with Mark Mathews notching the Overton goal.

Penycae struck a late goal from Mike Parry to defeat Coedpoeth United 3-2. Ruben Lima got them off the mark from the penalty spot and a further strike from Ryan Merrill who scored with a close range tap in sealed the win. The visitors came close to clinching a point and had hit back through an own goal and Ian Bostock.

Saltney Town put up a mighty fight against current champions FC Nomads but they were narrowly beaten 2-1. Nomads went ahead in the 13th minute with a far post finish from Ryan McCleary. Steve Chiocchi replied but the visitors had the last say and bagged a winner through new kid on the block Andrew Swarbrick.

In the match of the day in Division One at Hope Sports Centre, Castell Alun narrowly went down 2-1 at home against Rhostyllen who netted through Kevin Roberts and the long serving Mark Williams. Joe Henry pegged a goal back but Rhostyllen hung on to extend their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Maesgwyn flopped to a dismal 7-1 defeat at Brynford who were on target through Grant Hassle and a hat-trick apiece from Dan Buchannan and Mark Foster. Michael Jones did manage a lone consolation goal.

It was much the same at Stansty Park where LEX Glyndwr also had two hat-trick heroes as they bashed Point of Ayr. Alan Huxley who has scored 7 in the last 3 games after being switched into attack fired a treble as did midfielder Josh Phillips who also had an impeccable game in midfield.

Rhydymwyn were held to a 2-2 draw on homesoil by Llangollen but full credit to the new management team of Pete Morris and Martin Bainbridge who will have noticed a significant improvement in form. Andy Jones and Ross Jones bagged their goals but Ben Really and a 90th minute effort from Josh Roberts salvaged a point for Llan.

There was just the one Division One League Cup game contested and Johnstown Youth had their cup dreams shattered by Penley who won 5-0. Making up their nap hand were hat-trick hero Matty Wills, Jordan Cartwright and a very rare effort from Richie Hamer.

Gresford Athletic dropped their first points of the campaign in the Reserves Division, an opening half goal from Rhys Lloyd was wiped out by a Jordan Williams effort.

Corwen were comfortable 3-1 winners against Saltney Town and were on target through Tom Watkin-Jones, Oliver Crimp and Owain Ap Gareth.

FC Nomads shared six goals and the points in a 3-3 draw with Mold Alexandra. Netting for the hosts were Alex Beck, Mitch Williams and an OG but Mold deservedly levelled through Aaran Davies(2) and Danny Barlow.

Ruthin Town powered their way to a 5-0 whitewash against Holywell Town and completing their brushing were Alun Vaughan-Evans(2), Connor Lloyd, Matt Penlington and Callum Lloyd.

Four games were wiped out in the Reserves & Colts Division making 6 cancelled games in all where there was no referee to take charge. The positive news on this being that a specially convened meeting has been arranged next Tuesday between senior officials of the North East Wales Football Association and members representing all of grass roots leagues.

The following games therefore had to be canned, Brickfield Rangers versus Buckley Town, Cefn Albion versus Flint Town United, Rhos Aelwyd against Lex Glyndwr and Overton’s game at Rhostyllen.

In the one surviving game in the Reserves & Colts Division, Ruthin Town came a cropper and were beaten 3-2 by Llay Welfare and netting for the hosts were Kye Williams and Lewos Webbley.