It is many moons ago since Rhostyllen were ruling the roost and when manager Warren Duckett was still in short trousers. After a successful player and with spells in the League of Wales with Bala Town and Cefn Druids and he has arrived on the scene since August in whirlwind fashion in a player manager capacity. His side tops the league after trouncing their hosts Rhos Aelwyd 7-0. Man of the match Lewis clamp converted a hat-trick, Tom Douglas bagged himself a further brace and there was an own goal to add to strike from the returning James Jones.

Penycae failed to match the dominance of Holywell Town who still remain the only undefeated side at this level and Penycae boss was quick to praise his opponents with him saying “We lost to what I would call a more experienced team. They punished us for every mistake and lack of ability to manage the game like basic defending cost us but at least Jack Brindley managed a lone consolation goal. The Wellmen went nap after racing into a 3-0 lead with only 20 minutes on the clock and they had Jake Cooke, Mark Connolly and Jacob Wise. The jewel in the Holywell crown was Connolly whose brace in the second half allowed him to complete his treble. It was his 4th hat-trick of the season taking his tally to 18 goals. Manager John Haseldin added “It was a big 3 points on the road for us today. We played some really good football especially in the first half and everyone worked their socks off when we went down to 10 following Jamie Renshaws dismissal around the hour mark. I would also like to praise our loyal supporters that travelled to the game in arctic conditions to get behind the lads.”

Mold Alexandra caused quite a stir by sending Brymbo crashing to a 4-2 defeat leaving manager Mike Cunningham on a high saying “We got the breakthrough we needed when Steve Watkins prodded home and pretty soon after we were able to take control when Conner Kendrick netted from close range. However, Brymbo got back into the game when Jamie Cummings scored with the away sides first shot on target. It was the shot in the arm they needed and the scores where level a minute later when Billy New broke the offside trap. In a frantic finish to the opening half, we regained the lead when Ben Howarth slammed home. We started the second half on the front foot and increased our lead following a fantastic ball by 18 year old debutant Elliott Evans who released Henry Carver to set up Conner Kendrick to finish from inside the box. Although both sides wasted good chances I was happy to take a 4-2 success. It was a performance full off grit and determination from us today and that bit of quality in the final third has won us the game. It was a much needed 3 points but we move on now to Welsh cup game versus TNS next weekend”.

Brickfield Rangers did shape up better this week and made a game of it against FC Queens Park who still managed to put some daylight between the sides to win 3-0. The game started at an absolute rapid pace and almost immediately Park’s Barry Torrence set up Edgar Lima and his initial shot which was smartly saved by the keeper but unfortunately the ball spilled straight back to Lima who slotted home into the empty net. With the score still in the balance new signing Tom Belton was forced into a great saving pushing a Brickfield effort over the cross bar. The visitors doubled their account just prior to the break through Torrence. Brickfield were on the rack with the first action of the second half when after a foul on Tristan Wagner, the referee had no choice but to award the penalty for Torrence to converted and from that point onward there was no way back for Brickfield.

Plas Madoc were back on the winning trail and they defeated Castell Alun Colts 3-2. Giving them that narrow edge were Jordan Powell, Liam Sklenar and Callum Roberts. There was a massive improvement in the Colts performance and they deservedly pegged goals back through Nathan Davies and Alun Williams.

Saltney shared a 1-1 draw at Rhydymwyn but despite a strong performance from the hosts in the first half, Sam Thomas in the home goal was determined not to be beaten and the game was still goalless come half time. Mid-way through the second half a mistake from Dan Burgess gifted Rhydymwyn with a rare opportunity and Charlie Bradley fired the visitors ahead. Saltney continued to push, now in search of the equaliser, and it finally came in the form of new signing Tom Bailey slotting home with ten minutes still to play.

Sadly there was a premature ending to Cefn Albion’s clash with Chirk AAA’s at the 3G at the Rock. An ambulance was required to take Chirk’s Matty Woods to hospital and due to such delay the match was abandoned.

In Division One, there are 3 sides sharing top spot, all on 18 points. Showing up best of all were Hawarden Rangers who thrashed Rhosllanerchrugog 10-0. Owen Ainscough was a hat-trick hero, Tom Bridges opened and closed the scoring and adding to their account were Tom Williams, Ethan Smee, Dan Jones and Craig Stewart who bagged himself a brace.

Johnstown suffered a humiliating 11-0 whitewash against Coedpoeth United who coasted into double figures with the help of 5 goal Matty Thomas, Alistair Gibson (2), Olly Lewis and someone who is not normally anywhere near the score sheet and that was Andy Griffiths who converted a hat-trick.

Chad Humphreys and Gethin Edwards both scored twice as Llangollen stay amongst the leading pack with a 4-1 win at New Brighton who hit back through Jack Neale.

Cefn Mawr travelled to Overton and returned home with a 3-0 success under their belt thanks to Josh Blackwell, Aaron Blackwell and Sam Gostage.

The Halkyn & Flint Mountain clash against Mynydd Isa Spartans failed to go ahead due to a waterlogged pitch.

In the Reserves Division, turning everyone’s heads were Holywell Town who trounced Brickfield 12-0. Nathan Williams led the scoring with a 4 goal salvo, Iwan Rogers converted a hat-trick and completing the debacle were Llion Davies (2), Jack Pennington, Jack Gibbons and Ryan Jones.

Carwyn Davies netted all 3 goals for Rhos Aelwyd in their 3-1 win at FC Queens Park for whom Niall Martin replied.

In the league cup at this level, Mynydd Isa Spartans defeated Cefn Albion 5-2 and making up their nap hand were James Blackwell, Corey Bellis, Nathan Jones, Cody West and Adam Woosey. Reducing the arrears were Kian Morris and Danny Holland.

Buckley Town paraded a strong side against Penycae who were left demoralised with Buckley coasting to a 5-0 success. Making up their nap hand were Josh Jones, Sam Spridgeon, Jake Roberts who weighed in with a double salvo and Tom Gunson.

Jayden Jones and Josh Hughes netted for Cefn Druids in their 2-1 win over Corwen Reserves with Owen Cordiner replying.

In the Colts section, league leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads came down to earth with a bump and they were beaten 2-1 by Airbus who were on target through Dylan Cunnah and Elliott Greenaway. Hitting back was Ricardo Chinea-Pegler.

Brymbo romped home 4-1 against Llangollen courtesy of efforts from Kev Griffiths (2), Henry Davies and an OG. Kurt Barber replied.

Harvey Williams scored for Cefn Mawr in their 1-1 draw with Rhydymwyn who replied through Matt Gilsenan.

Coedpoeth will be disappointed not to have at least taken a point off visitors Ruthin Town who just shaded things 4-3 courtesy of strikes from Andy Hession (2), Pete Jones and Robbie Williams. Coedy scorers were Nicholas McCormick, Tom Redman and Connor Jones