Welsh Trophy holders Chirk AAA’s did not disappoint and accounted for New Brighton Villa with consummate ease 4-0. Full credit to Villa however as they gave it their best shot but after taking a 2-0 half time lead through Matt Thomas and Matt Woods, the holders never looked back and added to their tally through Woods again and Louis Middlehurst with Chirk firing against the woodwork 3 times and having a goal disallowed.

Brymbo clearly took their league form into the cup arena and really impressed by dumping out hosts Berriew. The tie started with a real cagey atmosphere with neither team wanting to over commit but it was Brymbo who had the games 1st half chance with Billy New racing clear only to see his shot well saved. Just before half time Brymbo felt aggrieved when they were denied what looked like two cast iron penalties. Neither decisions were given and this was a signal of things to come. Brymbo’s Jordan Williams proved a real threat but it was Berriew who spurned what was the game’s best chance when Richy Davies bent a shot beyond everyone and it came back off the post. Williams beat the offside trap and slotted the ball home but it was disallowed for a delayed offside. After a barren spell of extra time, the game looked to be heading to the dreaded spot kicks but with 6 minutes remaining Zak Clarke collected the ball on the half way line drove forward and rode several challenges to find himself 1 on 1 with the keeper and he made no mistake and the goal proved decisive. The win left Brymbo manager Phil Hudson time to lament “We defended the final few minutes well and got justice for what we deserved”.

The Buckley Town versus FC Nomads clash lived up to its top billing and claiming the bragging rights for the time being at least were Buckley who narrowly shaded the encounter 2-1 after extra time. In all truth, it was a scrappy game with Nomads set up to get the ball forward to their front two quickly, specifically Danny Wynne. The created lots of chances but the Buckley defence stood their ground. Jake Roberts from 25 yards out gave Buckley the advantage but with 10 minutes left after a spell of intense pressure, Nomads levelled though Wynne. After the 30 minutes of extra time almost up and chances going begging at both ends, Shaun Tinsley finished off a great team move to send Buckley into Round 5 leaving Buckley boss Dan Moore to reflect “Our fitness levels showed in extra time, but overall it was an even game and FC Nomads caused us problems throughout. We are all really pleased to get through a difficult tie and look forward to the next round.”

Conwy Borough proved a bridge too far Cefn Albion who were narrowly edged out 2-1 after Conner Kendrick put Albion 1-0 up in a half they totally dominated, full credit to the hosts they came out second half and had the upper hand for most scoring two goals to complete a comeback.

Corwen’s trip to Llanfair proved a bridge too far but despite twice coming from a goal down, the game ended 2-2 but the hosts just had the edge snatching a last gasp winner in extra time. Twice clawing back into the tie was Scott Evans netting in each half.

Mold Alexandra fell to a shock 5-2 reversal against Greenfield who really did raise their game and man of the match Sam Jones weighed in with a 4 goal salvo and Ryan Jones completed their nap hand. The hosts did in fact throw away a 2 goal lead carved out by Aled Reece.

Writing the day’s headlines were Mynydd Isa Spartans who sent Knighton crashing out 4-1, Alex Wilday broke the deadlock and after Mike Whales added 2 further goals Knighton were left to chase shadows and came unstuck when Ady Davies put the tie to bed.

In front of a large partisan crowd, Rhos Aelwyd booked a safe passage into the 5th round by accounting for Mochdre Sports 2-0, an Adam Griffiths strike separated the sides at half time and there was no way back after Rhos shut up shop after Ryan Jenkins doubled Aelwyd’s tally.

In the Premier Division, Brickfield Rangers have moved back into top spot after the narrowest of 2-1 victories at Hawarden Rangers. It was not exactly vintage Brickfield but as manager Simon Sedgwick reflected “It was a real scrappy display but clearly we deserved the three points on offer. Sam Molyneux provided us with the lead but Dominic Auty had Rangers level after some poor defending. Thankfully, in the 3rd minute of injury time, Callum Humphreys headed home a last gasp winner.

Llanuwchllyn were forced to share the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Rhostyllen who twice led through Matty Wills and Steve Jones. To be fair, the visitors deserved a point from the trip and replied through Gwidion Ifan and Ryan Farrell.

LEX Glyndwr got back to winning ways by sinking Coedpoeth United with ease 7-1. Aled Powell was the LEX man of the match capturing a treble and sealing their success was player boss Ricky Evans with a double salvo, Craig Griffiths and Alan Huxley. Notching a lone consolation goal was Kirt Griffiths.

Llay Welfare will be massively disappointed by their 4-1 defeat at home against Saltney Town who thoroughly deserved the three points after Dylan Edwards, Sean Hughes and Ryan Farrell with a second half double had the Welfare reeling and all this was after Tom Wells had given Llay a perfect 3rd minute lead.

In Division One, Llangollen Town returned to winning ways after clinching a 6-2 success against Rhydymwyn and the jewel in their crown was hat-trick hero Ben Wilson. Putting the game beyond doubt were Kev Day (2) and Ben Realey.

Overton were defeated 1-0 at home by Castell Alun Colts whose winner was conjured up by new kid on the block Stuart Williams.

Acrefair Youth flopped to a heavy 10-0 defeat at the hands of neighbours Johnstown Youth. Dewi Reeves celebrated his birthday in style converting a hat-trick, Ieuan Jones and Kieran Taylor bagged a brace apiece with Richard Jones, Ryan Masterton and Tom Kynnaston piling on the agony for the hosts.

In the Reserves Division, leaders Ruthin Town once again came down to earth with a bump, they were sent crashing to a 4-2 defeat on home soil against Hawarden Rangers who proved worthy winners and were on target through Charlie Bradford who opened and closed the scoring and sandwiched in the middle were efforts from Ellis Jones and Tom Janney. Ruthin replied with two penalties from Tom Dyer.

Castell Alun seem on a downwards spiral, they were defeated 5-4 by visitors Queens Park but at least they showed glimpses of an improvement and netted through Tom Davies, Fraser Starkey(2) and Kevin Valentine.

In the match of the day at the Rock, Cefn Druids and Gresford Athletic fought out an entertaining 0-0 draw but it was a game neither side deserved to lose. The highlight of the game was an accomplished display in the Cefn defence by Matt Pritchard.

In the local derby at Wepre Park, FC Nomads came up trumps to beat rivals Mold Alexandra 6-2 and on target were Mitch Williams, Josh Rimmer and John Grossman who all weighed in with two goals apiece. Reducing the deficit for Mold with two opening half goals was Tom Hyndeman.

Flint Town United were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Chirk AAA’s who netted through Cameron Roberts.

Brickfield Rangers continue to head up the Reserves and Colts Division, they saw off Maesgwyn 6-2 and converting a hat-trick apiece were Scott Swords and Matty Wareham.

Cefn Albion secured a 4-1 success against Overton with Zac Davies and Callum Mannion netting two goals apiece. Caleb Davies hit back for the visitors.

Josh Jones from the penalty spot hit back for Coedpoeth United in their 3-1 reversal at home to Brymbo.

Holywell Town whitewashed Mynydd Isa Spartans 5-0, making up their nap hand were Josh Robertson (2), David Jones, Ryan Edge and Jay Wilkes.

Johnstown Youth fell to a heavy 7-0 defeat at home to Rhostyllen who had striker Mark Williams rolling back the years weighing in with a 4 goal salvo and sealing their whitewash were Sam Chesters (2) and Niall Rooney.

New Brighton Villa were upstaged 3-1 by Rhos Aelwyd who netted through Ifan Hughes, Jason Holmes and Dan Roberts after Lewis Jones had scored a Villa opener.

Ruthin Town slipped up once more as well and they faltered 4-0 at home to Llay Welfare whose marksmen were Joe Crawford, Chris Owen, Dan Richardson and Joe Roberts.