We now just have three local clubs progressing into the 5th Round of the Welsh Trophy and the last 16 and in the match of the day clash between Cefn Albion and FC Nomads it was Cefn who came out on top scalping FC Nomads 6-2. It was a dominant display from Albion and separating the two sides were man of the match Alex Williams (2), Dan Cox, Dion Gibbons, Conner Kendrick and Zac Davies. Nomads did have their moments netting through Jack Maybury and Charlie Robertson in an even opening half.

Previous holders Chirk AAA’s took a shock exit and flopped to a 1-0 reversal at Bodedern and general manager Colin Heyward was blunt enough to admit “If you cannot score you will never win a game and it was as simple as that.”

Last season’s beaten finalists Rhos Aelwyd failed to progress and were dumped out 3-1 at Four Crosses despite taking a half time lead through IN Hughes.

Through into the next round are Corwen who conquered Glan Conwy 4-0, they took a 4th minute lead through a Sam Henry freekick and doubled their tally on the stroke of half time through Joe Williams. Their visitors were on the rack again when Iorweth Jones added a 3rd following some good work from Ryan Billington. Putting the tie totally to bed was Dale Davies with a close range header.

Brymbo who have been invincible at league level but had their cup dreams shattered going down 1-0 at Llangefni Town. Manager Phil Hudson was anything but down beat and reflected “Basically we have controlled the game for large periods but couldn't find a way past a superb Llangefni defence; they scored a good header in the 1st half then defended for their lives as we threw everything at them. It's not sour grapes but we have dominated the game but at the same time the way Llangefni have defended was worthy of a clean sheet also superb defensive display from the hosts”

Plas Madoc excelled and they sent Mynydd Llandegai crashing out 5-2 and making up their nap hand were Josh Williams (2), Jamie Williams, Nicky Williams and Richard Lawrence.

Sadly Rhydymwyn bowed out 2-0 at Berriew.

In the Welsh National League Premier Division, Queens Park have opened up a 2 point gap at the top in a close run and eventful 1-1 clash at Llay Welfare who took an interval lead through a contested Jared Taylor penalty. The Park cancelled things out through fullback Rhys Hughes who turned hero to villain after being dismissed following a retaliation incident. There was to be no comeback for them as soon after Mikey Latham was sent off after receiving a 2nd yellow card leaving Welfare boss Mike Gadie to reflect “I thought for the 2nd week running against one of the better sides in our division that we battled well once again and I’m disappointed not to come away with all three points. Credit to Queens Park who showed great resolves when they were reduced to 9 men.”

Hawarden Rangers failed to contain Brickfield Rangers who returned to winning ways with a narrow 1-0 victory, Danny Wynne grabbed the game’s only goal against his old club.

Llanuwchllyn also went down 1-0 at home against Rhostyllen and worse still they had AJ Galdo dismissed. The visitor’s winner was conjured up by Kev Roberts.

The Saltney Town clash with Mold Alexandra was an amazing affair and visitors Saltney were left kicking themselves after blowing a commanding 3-0 lead. Rabih Jumaa had his 10th minute penalty saved but tucked away the rebound, Tom Chrimes scored with a rocket shot soon after and they opened up a 3 goal cushion by the break through Jake Johnson. Then the rot set in and old fought back well and deservedly nicked a point after Callum Freeman, Steve Watkin and Lee Jones who levelled the clash deep into stoppage time. There was a sour ending to the clash however as Striker Rabih Jumaa came off worse in a challenge and received a suspected broken leg. In the aftermath, Dan Cooper was given his marching orders for venting his frustration about the incident.

Basement buddies Penycae and fellow strugglers Lex XI came head to head and this encounter ended with the points being shared. Sean Pemberton and Mike Parry got a late leveller for the hosts after Ryan Jones and Jamie Pugh had netted for LEX.

In Division One, second placed Castell Alun suffered a promotion blow being sunk 5-2 at Llangollen whose nap hand was conjured up by Cody Silvester (2), Kev Day (2) and Sam Gostage. Reducing the deficit were Arthur Doo and Dan Woosey.

The bragging rights from the local derby encounter between Johnstown and Rhosllanerchrugog belong to the visitors whitewashing Johnstown 7-0 but there was a story being the crash as the host had no less than ten of their normal squad missing. The winners goals arrived from Luke Harrington, Drew Wickens, Lee Griffiths, Greg Lipka (2), Lucas Dluzak (2).

Mynydd Isa Spartans were spanked 6-1 by Coedpoeth United who achieved their 3rd win on the spin and their marksmen were Curt Griffiths, Olly Lewis, Rhys Hughes with a brace, Nathan Jones and Luke Hall.

New Brighton defeated Cefn Mawr 4-2 and were on target through Matt Robinson, Liam Davies (2) and Braden Larvin.

Ruthin Town were on the verge of going clear at the top of the Reserves Division but were prevented so by Cefn Druids who produced a text book master class display to end up 4-0 winners courtesy of efforts from Iauan Jones, Alex Buxton, Jordan Evans and Lewis George.

At the Globe, Buckley Town slumped to a 4-0 defeat against FC Nomads who netted through Luke Muia, Henry Evans and Jake Jones.

Gresford Athletic secured a 3-3 draw at Castell Alun Colts thanks to Taylor Williams, Gaz Williams and Kieran Russell with the hosts hitting back through Phil Evans, Matty Jones and Kev Valentine.

Queens Park’s fine run ended with a 3-2 reversal at home to Hawarden Rangers who just shaded this encounter with strikes from George Price and an Adam Hoole double. Shane Prince scored both of the host’s goals.

The title race in the Reserves and Colts Division is turning into a right old scrap. Holywell Town hang on to top spot after narrowly defeating hosts Rhos Aelwyd 2-1 and they netted via Jay Wilkes and Ben Lewis.

Second placed Ruthin Town slumped to a 2-1 defeat at home against Llay Welfare who had Chris Owen netting a brace. Huw Sadler offered Ruthin a ray of hope.

Cefn Mawr Rangers were worthy 3-1 winners against Mynydd Isa Spartans and scoring for them were Mark Richardson, Geraint Lewis and Mike Dugine.

Coedpoeth United failed to contain a very youthful Penycae side whose 3 teenagers rose to the occasion and they were Harry Bowen, Morgan Daykin and Kian Davies who netted a fine solo goal. Luke Roberts sis manage a consolation goal for ‘Coedy.

Rhydymwyn thrashed Llangollen Town 5-0 and making up their nap hand were Jack Sullivan (2), Stephen Lee, Andy Jones and Jack Smallman.