FC Queens Park were amongst the favourites to make an impression in this seasons Welsh Trophy but they took a tumble and went crashing out 2-1 at St Asaph City. Manager Martin Ford admitted, “Despite the fact we had ample chances to have progressed, our hosts took their chances and we didn’t. The game should have been out of sight by half time but it happens that way sometimes. Nathan Buckley netted for us in the opening half but we have no complaints about the result.”

FC Nomads needed extra time to make progress and they did it the hard way. Minnows Cefn Mawr Rangers looked on course to cause a massive cup upset when they raced into a 2-0 lead but even so they took their visitors into extra time but ran out of steam and only a lack of fitness and not effort let them down. Nomads finished strong to win the game 6-3 in the end and their marksmen were Sean Killgannon(2), Jim Gambino, Lee Butterworth, Sam Buckley and Josh Rimmer. For th record book, the gallant losers were on target through a John Jones double salvo and Aron Blackwell.

Penycae have been on fire of late but they too left their shooting boots at home and were dumped out by Carno 3-0. Manager Ian Andrews had his side heading in the right direction and reported “There was nothing between the sides at the break when it was goal-less and things might have been different had Ruben Lima not missed a penalty opportunity but after Carno took the lead, we took risks to get back into the game and paid the heavy price.

Hawarden Rangers trailed 2-1 against Mynydd Llandegai and they were not at their best early on but they turned this game on its head to win with ease 6-2 in the end with goals from Alex Walsh, Jason Wright, Sean Williams, Tegid Lloyd and John Coady who weighed in with a double salvo which included a well taken penalty.

Corwen really are enjoying a purple patch at the moment and they booked a Round 5 berth courtesy of a 2-1 success at Llandudno Junction. Tomos Williams broke the deadlock and doubled their tally in the second half from the penalty spot. The hosts pegged a goal back but missed a glorious opportunity to take the tie into extra time when Corwen keeper Gethin Williams pulled off a text book penalty save.

It seems as if it might be Chirk AAA’s who will be flying the local flag as they polished off Radnor Valley with consummate ease and on his return to the side after a lengthy lay off was Joe Roberts and he broke the deadlock. They ended up winning 3-1 with additional strikes from Matty Thomas and Tom Freeman.

In shortened Premier Division programme, Brickfield Rangers have gone top despite dropping 2 points in a 1-1 draw at Saltney Town. Brickfield took a 15th minute lead through Dale Davies who scored with a superb header from a Ben Collins pinpoint cross. It was a dominant display with Sam Henry hitting the bar and Steve Watkins having an effort cleared of the line. In the 89th minute however, Saltney snatched a last gasp equaliser after a clearance rebounded of Danny Holland into the path of Carl Pleavin who played a through ball into the path of player boss Jake Gibbons to score from close range to ensure the points were shared.

The local derby between Brymbo and Coedpoeth ended all square at 1-1. Nathan Jones provided ‘Coedy with a 15th minute lead but Brymbo went on to salvage a point from the game courtesy of a superb headed goal by Adam Lloyd on the hour mark. ‘Coedy squandered the chance to take all three points from the game when Jones missed from the penalty spot.

Overton were down on lady luck again and they flopped to a 3-1 defeat in their own back yard against Llay Welfare who did manage to kick start their campaign with a 3-1 verdict. Man of the match Kev Hope powered home a Mikey Wright corner to give them the lead and the Matty Worrall on his return to the club bagged a goal in each half to see off their hosts who did manage a lone consolation goal from Alex Williams.

Division One leaders Rhostyllen had their 100% undefeated record come to a halt when they were well and truly scalped at Llangollen 5-2. Making up Llan’s nap hand were man of the match Tryfan Prosser who converted a hat-trick and sealing their success were Sam Gostage and Glen Williams but hitting back were Steve Jones and Lewis Clamp.

A wheel came off the wagon for New Brighton as they were toppled 2-1 at home by Penley. A close range header from Jack Gregory from a corner got the hosts goal but in a fine fight back, Rob Ward levelled and Jordan Cartwright grabbed a sensational winner.

Rhos Aelwyd were narrowly defeated 2-1 at home against Castell Alun Colts who were on target through Liam Hughes and Owen Williams with Jack White reducing the arrears.

Acrefair slipped up 5-3 at home against Point of Ayr but Rhydymwyn were bang on form thrashing hosts Johnstown Youth 6-0. Josh Cooke and Gary Tebble both weighed in with double salvo’s with Andy Jones and Rob Jones completing the whitewash.

LEX Glyndwr made it 3 straight wins after sending Maesgwyn crashing to an 8-1 defeat. Dylan Jones was best on view notching a treble and adding to their account were Stevie Evans, Josh Phillips, Aled Powell, Lee Phelan and Alan Huxley. Hitting back for the hosts was Jason Williams.

Shortage of match officials saw games between leaders Gresford and Holywell, Queens Park and Brymbo and Ruthin versus Brymbo in the Reserves Division all called off.

Castell Alun took quite a pounding, they were well and truly beaten 7-1 at home against Mold Alexandra but Ryan Fisher did salvage some pride netting a lone consolation goal.

Chirk AAA and Saltney Town shared 8 goals and the points in a 4-4 draw with Chirk netting through Sean Morris(2), Billy Nash and Taylor Davies.

Corwen narrowly defeated Penycae 3-2 with strikes from Harry Poole who bagged himself a brace of goals and Will Roberts grabbed the winner from the penalty spot after Callum Hughes and Alex Rowlands had replied.

FC Nomads were narrowly defeated 4-3 by Hawarden Rangers

In the Reserves and Colts Division LEX Glyndwr have gone second by virtue of their 3-1 success against Overton and their marksmen were Kevin Valentine(2) and Mark Brown.

Buckley Town Reserves triumphed 7-3 against Cefn Albion who hit back with a Callum Mansion treble.

The Coedpoeth United clash with Brickfield Rangers was another casualty of no referee and elsewhere, Matt Pembleton notched a treble as Ruthin Town defeated Rhos Aelwyd 3-1.