Poor old Mold Alex returned from TNS empty handed but will have learned a few lessons in the bargain from their 9-0 whitewash but the result was taken with complete dignity with manager Mike Cunningham who added “You can say what like being beaten by a high scorline but the lads who are local group of players are always going to be heavily challenged playing against full time professionals. You can't take anything from us at all, who were outstanding and put in an admirable effort. Each and every player in blue gave 100% and have done the club proud today. For the record book, the hosts goals came from Kurtis Bryne who weighed in with a 4 goal salvo, Greg Draper(2), Danny Redmond, Kane Lewis and Blane Hudson.”

In the Welsh National League Premier Division, Rhostyllen boss Warren Duckett was left tearing his hair out after squandering two points in a 2-2 draw with Penycae and he was left to bemoan “It was a glorious opportunity to break clear. We were bossing the game at 2-0 in front and then we had the opportunity to capitalise on the fact they had they had their keeper dismissed and we played the vast majority of the game against 10 men. Steve Jones and Tom Douglas gave us the two goal cushion but full credit to our opponents who refused to throw in the towel and hit back with a double salvo from Dominic Doherty.”

Breathing right down Rhostyllen’s neck are FC Queens Park who produced a text book display to send Rhydymwyn crashing to a 4-0 defeat. They took an early lead when Barry Torrence converted a penalty after Edgar Lima rounded the keeper who caught his ankle. Veteran defender Tony Jones delivered a pin point cross and Torrence peeled off his marker to head home. After the break, the hosts extended their lead when Lima burst clean through and with a delightful chip dinked it over the keeper. Manager Dave Evans then threw all 3 subs on and Ash Dawson, Jake Jones and Jack Griffiths all made an impression with Griffiths netting in the dying minutes to seal the win. Manager Dave Evans was left to lament “It was another solid performance which enabled us to close the gap on league leaders Rhostyllen to two points and the win sets things up nicely for our clash with Holywell next week.”

In their local derby with Llay Welfare, Castell Alun Colts came within a whisker of collecting their first point of the campaign. A Nathan Davies penalty separated the sides only for Matty Worrall level for the visitors. With the clock running down and the sharing of the spoils looking a likely outcome, man of the match Jack Mountford picked out Liam Hughes who set up Rhys Lloyd to grab a last minute winner for Llay.

It was a makeshift Saltney squad that travelled to Llanuwchllyn but they still managed to deliver a 4-0 success. A well rehearsed short corner routine involving Paul Johnson and Jake Gibbons saw Johnson fire his side ahead with a shot which took the slightest of deflections. Elliott Bond was the architect behind their second goal setting up Max Hawkins who scored with the deftest of flicks. After the break Bond was again the provider releasing full back Scott Beach who finished first time with the outside of the right boot. Completing their tally was Steve Chiocchi late in the game.

At Court Road, Rhos Aelwyd secured a comfortable 2-0 passage with first half strikes from Kian Davies and Ian Hughes. Despite the defeat there were many positives as outlined by ‘Bricky coach Mike Derosa with him saying “It was a good battling performance from a young Brickfield team consisting of 6 18 year olds. Two errors in the first half, gifted Rhos a two nil lead in the first half. The lads put in a determined second half performance and put Rhos under some pressure looking for the goal to change that game. There was some very good football played but no luck in front of goal today”.

Holywell Town signalled their desire to secure a League and Cup double with an overwhelming 8-0 success at Chirk AAA’s and they raced into an immediate lead when Ben Brierly was given far too much time to break the deadlock. He soon doubled his sides lead when he netted after breaking the offside trap. At the break, Chirk were still in it but in the second half they capitulated. Dylan Allshorn set up Luke Edwards to make it 3-0 and it was Edwards again who stretched their lead following some poor defending. Making up their nap hand was debutant Myles Hart burst forward and fired into the bottom corner. To make matters worse, Chirk then conceded an own goal. Chirk by then were on the canvass with Ben Brierly completing his hat-trick, and Sam Jones completing the whitewash. Manager John Haseldin was left to add “We netted 8 goals and managed another clean sheet and into the next round we go and as an added bonus, our away support was quality”

In the other tie, Plas Madoc claimed the scalp of Brymbo with Liam Sklenar and Ramone Nelson giving them the edge despite Ben Kearney giving Brymbo a glimmer of hope.

Turning to Division One, Johnstown were in trouble again and were toppled 6-0 by Halkyn & Flint Mountain. Two goals apiece for Aled Reece, Jack Aitken and James McGlone secured Halkyn’s win.

Mynydd Isa Spartans were sank 2-0 by Cefn Mawr Rangers who netted through Ryan Harden and Hari Gould.

New Brighton Villa had no answer to the dominance of Hawarden Rangers who secured a 3-0 passage thanks to strikes from Owen Ainscough, Tom Bridges and Josh Rimmer.

Despite Tom Huxley giving Overton Recreation hope, LEX XI hit back to secure a 2-1 verdict courtesy of Matty Bennett and Chris Baddley who was making his debut after being out of the game for 5 seasons.

Mold Alex have gone 8 points clear at the top Reserves Division after defeating Hawarden Rangers 3-2. On target were Jake Jones, Luke Wooley and James Ratcliffe with Kieran Crozier hitting back with two second half goals.

Brickfield Rangers came unstuck and went down 6-2 against Rhos Aelwyd whose marksmen were hat-trick hero Ieuan Jones, Carwyn Davies (2) and Lloyd Marsden. Danny Mongan and Owen Dobbins provided Bricky with their goals.

Llay Welfare have the bragging rights after defeating village rivals Gresford Athletic 2-1 with goals from George Finlay and Dan Richardson with Joel Gray replying.

Turning to the Reserves and Colts Division, Connah’s Quay Nomads head the pack after collecting a narrow 2-1 success thanks to Ben O’Neil and James Smith but replying was Cory Wilson.

The Airbus UK Development squad narrowly won 5-4 against Cefn Mawr Rangers. For Airbus, Luke Griffin (3), Ethan Galt and Tobias Vickery were on target with James Jones (3) and Harvey Williams responding for Cefn.

Brymbo were back to their best and they thrashed Johnstown Youth with efforts from Gary Poole (2), Ryan Brimfield, Richard Jones and Craig Ellison (2).

Rhydymwyn were comfortable 5-0 winners against Llay Welfare Colts and making up their nap hand were Matt Gilsenan (2), Andy Jones, and Josh Clarke (2).