There were mixed results for our local sides participating in this weekend’s Welsh Trophy and only two of six sides in the competition survived, doing best of all was Brymbo whose sneaked a 1-0 verdict courtesy of an Andy Noonan strike.

Also through are Rhos Aelwyd but they needed extra time to secure a 4-2 passage over Gaerwen. It ended up 2-2 after extra time after Scott Reeves and Ryan Jenkins had cancelled out efforts from Gerallt Jones and Llion Jones but coming up trumps for Aelwyd were Iolo Hughes and Dan Eccles.

Cefn Mawr Rangers had their cup dreams shattered by Welshpool who prospered 4-1 with efforts from William Thomas and Jake Mann who gave them a 2-0 half time lead. A Matt Onissiphorou own goal stretched their lead but despite Aron Blackwell pulling a goal back, Thomas put the tie to bed.

LEX XI again let their halo slip and despite being 1-0 down at the break, they were still in the game but it went pear shaped after the break and Berriew won 7-0 with time to spare and they were on target through Niall Thomas, Joe Haycock, Richard Davies, Xavier Matisse (2), Harry Watkins, and George Mitten.

Out go Llay Welfare, defeated 3-1 by Llanrwst with Liam Hughes netting a lone consolation goal for them.

Mold Alexandra failed to make the next round and gallantly went down 4-3 at Radnor Valley. A sloppy start saw them go behind after 5 minutes on what can only be described as a bog of a pitch. Worse was to follow for Mold as after just 10 minutes they were reduced to 10 men when despite being kicked off the ball Danny Warren was shown a straight red for retaliation. Despite the lack of player parity, Mold were finding their feet in the game but against the run of play, Radnor doubled their lead. Just prior to the break, Dave Bryan headed home a Kendrick corner. There was more bad news for Mold though as on the hour mark, captain Dave Bryan was dismissed after been shown a second yellow card. Radnor grabbed a 3rd goal making it an uphill task for the 9 man Mold. Ben Howarth gave Mold a glimmer of hope heading in a Conner Kendrick cross. Back came the hosts straight away to increase their lead again. In a frantic finish, Matty Lewis reduced the arrears but it was all too little too late. A frustrated Mold boss Mike Cunningham was left deflated saying, “I appreciate how hard it is for referees but we have had 2 red cards and 5 yellows and I don't think there was a bad tackle in the whole game. We must take heart from the fact despite having only 9 men for most of the game, I felt we were still the better side but we can't keep conceding 4 goals and expect to win games, we must pick ourselves up and go again next week"

Match of the day in the Premier Division was down at The Dunks where FC Queens Park shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with overnight league leaders Cefn Albion. Manager Dave Evans stated “We had to deal with late withdrawals of Joey Jones, Tristan Wagner and Jason Edwards and we were slow to get going. Cefn started the brighter side but we stuck first blood as a brilliant cross by Ed Lima found Barry Torrence who scored with a close range header. For the remainder of the half, Cefn were camped inside our half and they dominated things. Cefn deservedly levelled with Jordan Jones converting. On the stroke of half time the evergreen Tony Jones found himself out wide and after he managed to ride a tackle send a pin point cross into Barry Torrence’s path to send the Park in 2-1 up. Cefn made a real scrap of things and although the second half was much more even with action at both ends, Albion managed to get back into the game with a sensational strike from distance by Josh Valentine.

Holywell Town remain the only undefeated side in the Premier Division and they whitewashed Castell Alun Colts 12-0. They set the tone for the rest of the match when Luke Edwards opened their account firing home with a shot from distance. They took a 3-0 interval lead through Sam Jones and Mark Connolly. In the second half, the Colts were well and truly on the canvass with the Wellmen scoring at will despite an heroic display by the visitors rookie keeper Dylan Evans. Mark Connolly went on to bag 4 goals, Jake Cooke scored after good work from Dylan Allshorn who went from provider to scorer himself weighing in with a double salvo. There was also an avalanche of goals in the closing stages with Danny Dobbins netting and Sam Jones completing his hat-trick. Manager John Haseldene added “We were a little bit slow getting going but I thought we played really well and performed at a very good level, especially considering we haven't played a competitive game for a couple of weeks. We spoke about how important goal difference is pre match so for us to score 12 and keep another clean sheet, I was delighted with the scoreline and the ruthlessness of our performance.

Llanuwchllyn shared a 1-1 draw with Plas Madoc and had Joe Evans cancelling out a Liam Sklenar effort.

Penycae boss Ben Heath admitted “We were not at the races when Brickfield’s Andy Vale stunned us with 2 excellent goals but we steadied the ship and hit back through Andy Swarbrick and Corey Smart from the penalty spot and we unlucky not to be awarded a late penalty as well. The lads are actually playing really well but not finishing the chances we are creating and when we make a mistake, we always get punished. We will just have to keep doing what we are doing and soon it will all click.”

Rhostyllen are the new league leaders on 27 points but a superior goal difference. Player boss Warren Duckett rolled back the years and his superbly executed hat-trick earned his side a 5-2 verdict against Rhydymwyn. Making up their nap hand were Tom Douglas and Olly Allman. Nathan Mendoza scored both of the visitor’s goals.

Saltney Town secured a narrow 2-1 success over Chirk AAA’s. The hosts enjoyed the best of the early exchanges and took a 6th minute lead through Elliott Bond. Despite their dominant start, Chirk refused to simply roll over and before long they were creating chances of their own and a goal-bound Chris Bennion effort was scooped off the line by Jordan O’Brien. On a quickly deteriorating pitch, the second half was very much an end-to-end affair. Chirk did manage to get back on level terms when Harvey Edwards slotted the ball home to draw the visitors level. In a moment of madness, Chris Bennion turned from hero to villain and was dismissed with a straight red card. Smelling blood, Saltney pushed on and conjured up an 81st minute winner through Jake Gibbons. Manager Andrew Dutton said “I was pleased with the result but I felt we could have done more. We tested the depth of the squad with us taking four lads from the reserves who acquitted themselves well.”

In Division One, the Halkyn and Flint Mountain clash with Coedpoeth United was called off due to ground conditions and at Overton, Llangollen turned up but had a wasted trip as the pitch had not been marked.

Rhosllanerchrugog flopped to a 4-0 reversal against New Brighton Villa whose marksmen were Sam Moffatt, Sam Wainwright, Liam Davies and James Murphy.

In the Reserves Division, under new stewardship, Brickfield Rangers shared a 3-3 draw with league pacesetters FC Queens Park. Netting for ‘Bricky were Jack Verburg (2) and Danny Mongan with John Rhys Edwards, Matty Wareham and Luke Daniels hitting back.

Harry Brown hit back for Castell Alun Colts in their 6-1 reversal against Rhos Aelwyd.

Cefn Druids fell to a 7-3 defeat at home against Llay Welfare. Llay’s scorers were George Finlay with a hat-trick, Kev Hope (2), Adam Burgess and Dan Richardson. Replying for the Druids were Morgan Daykin, Darren Evans and Jaden Jones

Ricky Wilson was on target for Hawarden Rangers but visitors Holywell Town snatched a last gasp leveller through Jack Pennington.

Tom Morris netted for Ruthin Town on their 2-1 defeat at home against Mold Alexandra who had Edward Lloyd scoring both goals.

In the Reserves and Colts Division, Airbus UK whitewashed Overton Recreation 10-0. There were hat-tricks for Dylan O’shaughnessy and Luke Griffin, a brace from Tobias Vickery and goals from Oliver Lanceley and Ethan Galt

Ethan Snell secured a consolation goal for Brymbo in their 6-1 defeat against Connah's Quay Nomads who had the games best player in Jack Hitchen who converted a hat-trick. Sealing their success were Nathan Jones, Aaron Jones and Ethan Davies from the penalty spot.

Cefn Mawr Rangers chalked up a 4-2 success against Llay Welfare Colts and rescuing maximum points for Cefn after they had trailed 2-0 were Ryan Williams and man of the match Christopher Roberts who converted a treble.

Llangollen Town went down 1-0 at home against Coedpoeth United whose marksman was new signing Alistair Gibson.

Cefn Albion had a wasted trip to Johnstown as there was no changing rooms available and no nets.

Ben Smith netted for Ruthin Town in their 2-1 reversal against Saltney Town who were on target through Dean Didsley and an own goal.