The Welsh National League Premier Division promotion race is turning intop a real cat and mouse affair. With FC Nomads calling their game with FC Queens Park off due to a waterlogged pitch it enabled Brickfield Rangers to steal a march on their rivals and end 2016 as league leaders after securing a 3-1 success at Corwen. A close range effort from Ryan McCleary gave ‘Bricky and early advantage but Corwen levelled in the 38th minute with a deft chip from Andy Roberts. Ex Corwen stalwart Dale Davie restored Brickfield’s lead from the penalty spot with skipper Steve Watkins adding a 3rd goal with a close range header from a well rehearsed free-kick.

Brymbo were sent crashing to a 6-0 defeat at home against Hawarden Rangers who raced into a 3-0 half time lead. Sean Williams and a doiuble salvo from Alek Walsh set the tone for this match and after Brymbo concede a 4th goal with the first action of the second half, Brymbo heads dropped allowing Aurio Gomez Lopez and Williams to cement a good days work.

A massive crowd watched the local derby clash between Cefn Albion and Chirk AAA’s and for the time being at least it is Cefn who own the bragging rights as in a seven goal thriller at the “Muga”, they ran out 4-3 winners against their local neighbours. Chirk took the lead against the run of play through Matty Thomas but Andrew Jones levelled to go in all square at the break. Chirk regained their lead, this time through Joe Roberts but again Andrew Jones equalised on the hour mark. Chirk yet again went ahead through Ashton Williams only for Sean Jones to convert a penalty to draw Cefn level at 3-3. In a real dramatic ending to this epic, Oliver Davies scored the injury time winner on 94 minutes to send the home supporters wild with delight.

Penycae will be left kicking themselves for squandering a 2-0 half time lead. They were sitting pretty after Connor Kendrick and Jimmy Jones had opened their account at home against Llanuwchllyn. The visitors upped the tempo in the second half and squared things through Sam Evans and Daniel Dascalou. Josh Millington put Penycae ahead once more but as best described by their manager Ian Andrews “We just sat back and pushed the self destruct button. We had done enough to earn all three points but to concede two late penalties late in the game was hard to take.” For the record book it was Iwan Roberts who kept his nerve to convert two goals from the spot for Llanuwchllyn to return home 4-3 winners.

The Division One league leaders Rhostyllen gave their promotion aspirations a mighty boost by flooring Brynford 4-1. On target were Robbie Gibson, Mark Williams, Steve Jones and James Jones with Kevin Junior reducing the arrears.

Penley with a game in hand are in the promotion frame and they sent Castell Alun crashing to a 3-1 defeat with strikes from Aaron Williams, Matty Williams and Jordon Cartwright with Graham Dessington responding.

It was not exactly vintage Lex Glyndwr but finishing the year in third spot and keeping their promotion hopes well and truly alive was stand on striker Alan Huxley who netted each side of the break for LEX to defeat Rhos Aelwyd 2-0 but standing out head and shoulders above the rest was LEX skipper Craig Hughes who was immense in defence.

Acrefair flopped to a 6-1 defeat against Llangollen Town and the win was never in doubt. Man of the match Simon Williams worked hard for his treble, the leagues war horse Tryfan Prosser weighed in with his customary brace and cementing the win was Dominic Jay. Hitting back for ‘Accy was Owain Evans.

New Brighton floored Maesgwyn by a comfortable 11-1 margin and in Ross Sumner they had the days star performer as he notched a 5 goal salvo. Sam Wainwright converted a hat-trick and mopping up the rest were Craig Williams, Dave Taylor and Jordon Donnington. Securing a lone consolation goal was Jamie Edwards.

Rhydymwyn were back to their best and they demolished Point of Ayr 7-0 and on target were new kid on the block Nathan Munroe with a four goal salvo, Scott Davies, Jake Riley and new signing Paul Rambaldi.

In the Reserves Division, leaders Gresford Athletic lost for the first time this season and they were beaten 3-2 by Hawarden Rangers who netted through Scott Oates and Richard Evans who bagged himself a brace of goals. Responding for Gresford were Lee Williams and Alistair Gibson.

Cefn Druids are the Divisions in form team, they beat Penycae 3-0 with strikes from Ieuan Jones(2) and Josh Jones.

Chirk AAA’s were sunk 7-1 in their own back yard against FC Nomads but grabbed a consolation goal through Mark Dutton.

Mold Alexandra defeated Corwen 4-2 and their marksmen were Harry Jones(2), Brandon Jones and Lennox Beddows. Hitting back for the visitors were Olly Crimp and Nic Owen.

Dan Roberts and Liam Davies on his debut netted for Queens Park in their 2-2 draw with Castell Alun who replied through Chris Bamford and Dan Shaw and the Colts had the games best player in goalkeeper Josh Owen Jones who was outstanding.

Turning to the Reserves and Colts Division, Buckley Town defeated Ruthin Town 4-0 and their marksmen were Tom Gunson(2), Jordon Hensall and Callum Pierce.

Peter Hope hit back for Coedpoeth United in their 2-1 reversal against Cefn Albion hit back through Calum Vaughan and Naz Farhart to earn maximum points.

Rhos Aelwyd suffered a 3-2 defeat at home against Brickfield Rangers despite having Carwyn Davies and Luke Jones on target but going one better for Rangers were Callum Cross, Jordon Owen and Ramone Nelson.