Brymbo go into the New Year boasting a 4 point lead at the top of the Premier Division and 2 games in hand over the chasing pack after walloping Rhostyllen 8-2. Both teams had to deal with horrific conditions with the weather and ground surface a leveller early on. Brymbo took the lead through Jamie Cumming only for the hosts to level almost immediately with a fantastic strike from Robbie Gibson. Brymbo upped the tempo and were soon 6-1 up with further goals from Ryan Clarke (2), Jake Prescott, Billy New and Cumming who doubled his tally. Ben Kearney and Keith Lewis stretched things to 8-1 before the hosts got another in injury time goal through Gareth Evans.

Llay Welfare ended a great little run by getting walloped 7-2 at Brickfield Rangers and manager Mike Gadie summed up the defeat “It was a very disappointing day at the office. We did well to level the game after going 2-0 down through Ryan Sadler and Liam Hughes but sloppy defending and poor decision making cost us big time second half and after conceding two very quick goals we left ourselves a mountain to climb.” It was a great way to end the year for the hosts Brickfield with Anthony Dunleavy opening the scoring on 11 mins and Alan Bull doubling the lead on the half hour mark. Llay replied with two quick goals manager Nicky Ward gave a rallying call at half time and it worked with Bricky stepping up a gear second half and they dominated the second period. Dunleavy added his second on 48 minutes and Bull completed his hat-trick from the spot around the hour mark before Danny Holland and Jamie Samuels rounded up the rout to complete a great victory for Brickfield.

The Chirk AAA’s and Mold Alexandra plus Penycae and Queens Park fixtures were both washed out but Corwen returned to winning ways to scalp Cefn Albion 3-1. After a barren opening half, Dale Davies broke the deadlock for the hosts but they failed to deal with corner leaving Callum Taylor to level. Joe Williams restored the hosts lead from the penalty spot after a foul on Sam Henry and then Henry himself put the clash beyond doubt.

FC Nomads pretty much dominated things from start to finish and could have been 7-0 by the end against Llanuwchllyn. The weather conditions were a bit of a leveller but a Jamie Reed goal either side of half time gave Nomads the 2-0 win. Harry Wilkes, the 17 year old on loan keeper pulled off an absolute blinder of a point blank save on 90 minutes to keep his clean sheet.

Saltney Town rounded of 2018 in perfect style with a 1-0 win away at local rivals Hawarden Rangers. With the Baltic conditions being far from ideal football weather it was sure to be a case of whoever would make the least mistakes would come out as winners. Saltney started brightly but the pitch cut up quickly and an end-to-end affair soon followed. Midway through the first half Ben Evans spun and hit a feeble effort on target, however, the deteriorating conditions made it difficult for the home keeper and the ball somehow passed through his legs and across the line. The game was far from being a classic and it was far from pleasing to the eye but at the final whistle Saltney deserved the win and would feel that they just about did enough to take maximum points. The victory sees the Bordermen with 4 wins from 4 in a perfect December.

Rhos Aelwyd netted a last minute winner through Ieuan Jones to topple LEX XI 2-1. Jake Simms opened their account with Jason Edwards replying.

In Division One, Castell Alun Colts strengthened their second placed standing with a 6-1 romp over Rhydymwyn. On target were Rob Ward, Scott Williams (2), Dan Woosey, Nathan Davies and Arthur Doo with Matt Gilsenan hitting back.

Since appointing Phil Winsper as manager Llangollen Town haven’t looked back and they recorded their 4th win on the spin, recording a 1-0 victory against Offa Athletic with new boy Sam Giles scoring the only goal of the game.

Rhosllanerchrugog were sunk 4-1 at New Brighton who were on target through Liam Davies, James Beck, Rhys Peers from the penalty spot and Grant Spencer.

Overton boss Dave Edwards was left dejected as his side looked like they were on their way to take a point from their clash with Coedpoeth but it was snatched away from them when Sion Turner netted a 90th minute winner.

Ruthin Town go into the New Year one point ahead of the rest in the Reserves Division but will be hugely disappointed to have dropped 2 points in a 1-1 draw with Hawarden Rangers after Will Owen had his penalty conversion wiped out by Corey Jones for Rangers to level with just minutes left on the clock.

Mold Alex are homing in on them and they chalked up a convincing 8-2 success over Brickfield and their marksmen were Cal Lavell (2), Rhys Nash, Luke Wooley, Lee Jones, Josh Williams, Jared Jones and Shane Wellings. Reducing the deficit were Tom Williams and an OG.

Games between Buckley Town and Castell Alun and Cefn Druids against Chirk AAA’s were victims of the weather.

Gresford Athletic shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with FC Nomads, they twice led through Rob Smith and Tom Williams but the visitors returned home with a point courtesy of efforts from Tom Boulton and Ben Urquhart.

There were plenty of goals in the Reserves and Colts Division and Brymbo whitewashed Llangollen Town 6-0 and Llay Welfare stunned Rhos Aelwyd with a 7-1 display and their marksmen were Kev Hope and Dan Richardson who netted 2 goals apiece, Adam Colley, Steve Gadie and Hugh Jones.

Cefn Albion shared the spoils in 2-2 draw with Penycae and netted through Tom Miller and Jack Edwards. Responding were Tom Edwards and Kian Davies