Centre stage at the weekend saw all 3 of the Welsh National League sides’ progress into the quarter finals of the Welsh Trophy which is nothing short of being a fantastic achievement.

Cefn Albion were worthy 3-0 winners against Bow Street. All of the goals came in the 1st half which Cefn totally dominated leaving the management team of Steve Davies and Sean Jones totally ecstatic with Jones adding “Jimmy Jones broke the deadlock after just 6 minutes and from then on we never looked back. Midway through the half we doubled our account through Zac Davies and by the break we were protecting a three goal cushion. The visitors had us looking second best after the interval and it was all Bow but with some resolute defending we saw the game out.”

Corwen thumped Pwllhelli 6-1 and all this was after the visitors took the lead through Gareth Jones with only minutes gone and that was after Corwen’s Joe Williams had ballooned a spot-kick over the bar. Ryan Billington equalised for the hosts prior to the break and in the second half Corwen ran away with things. Dale Davies converted a treble with Sam Henry and Williams making the tie safe.

Plas Madoc scalped Berriew 3-2 who took the lead through Joe Haycock, Jamie Williams had the game all square by the break through as he rose highest to nod home from close range as ‘Plassy finished the first half the strongest. They dictated play after the interval and deserved to take the lead through a Nicky Williams penalty who won the penalty himself and he then dusted himself down to send the Berriew keeper the wrong way. Sloppy defending allowed them to equalise through Rhys Rowlands from a corner but Nicky Williams sent The MUGA fans wild when he scored in last minute from a free kick. Manager Ryan Roberts was left to reflect “Our lads battled from start to finish. It was an amazing performance and I am proud as punch. The belief I have in these boys is unreal. We are now in last 8 and the lowest ranked team left in it but, I guarantee nobody will want to play us at The MUGA. I am so proud of everyone involved with this amazing club.”

The Premier Division leaders Brymbo marched on and they built on their NEWFA success against Flint Town with a well hard fought 3-1 win against Brickfield Rangers who unfortunately finished with 9 men and had manager Nicky Ward sent to the stands with Danny Holland and Anthony Dunleavey getting their marching orders. It was a shame for Brickfield as they shaded the opening encounters and were protecting a 10th minute lead with Dunleavey scoring. Brymbo bossed things after the interval and turned things on its head to win the contest 3-1 with Ben Kearney, Jacques Stuart and Ryan Clarke securing the points.

FC Nomads just about shaded their encounter with Saltney Town 3-2. The visitors in fact twice took the lead through an own goal and Jake Johnson but Nomads hit back each time through Lee Butterworth and Jacob Wise to produce a tense finish with Danny Sullivan converting a 70th minute penalty for Nomads.

Hawarden Rangers were hammered 6-1 by Rhos Aelwyd who had a hat-trick hero in James Haynes, making up their ‘six pack were James Rumsey, Jamie Rogers and Ian Hughes with Tom Bridges netting a lone consolation goal.

Llanuwchllyn moved out of the danger zone with a narrow 3-2 win against Queens Park. On target were Iolo Jones, Delly Jones and Kai Johnson with their opponents replying through centre back Matt Williams and striker Matty Wills who was playing his first game after being out injured for four months.

Mold Alexandra shared a 1-1 draw against Chirk AAA’s who had leading scorer Louis Middlehurst pull up in the warm up. Danny Warren netted for Mold but Chirk got a late leveller though Nathan Lavender.

Rhostyllen’s clash with Penycae was called off.

Turning to Division One, Castell Alun strengthened their promotion push with a stunning 1-0 success against Rhosllanerchrugog. Grabbing the only goal of the game was Rob Ward with a long range effort in the 17th minute.

Coedpoeth appear to have turned the corner and came out on top to defeat Llangollen Town 4-2. The visitors opened and closed the scoring through Liam Doran and Kevin Day but ‘Coedy’s response came from Kevin Breeze from the penalty spot, Oliver Lewis and Luke Hall with a double salvo.

Offa Athletic, even with a glut of regulars missing, came through unscathed to defeat New Brighton 2-1 and they had Tyler Harvey and Lee Bent on target. Reducing the arrears was Sam Wainwright.

Jason Edwards seems to have steadied the Overton ship. He was rock solid in defence and popped up to net the only goal of the game on his home debut as his side defeated Cefn Mawr Rangers 1-0.

A brace from Jamie Edwards earned Johnstown a long overdue success as they defeated Rhydymwyn 2-0.

Due to so many referees called up to officiate in the Welsh Trophy, the complete Reserves Division programme was wiped out.

The Reserves and Colts Division leaders Holywell Town slammed Cefn Mawr Rangers 6-2 and their marksmen were Jay Cooke (2), Jay Wilkes, Jack Gibbon, Nathan Williams and Dan Edwards. Cefn opened and closed the scoring through an own goal and Wes Bathers.

Joe Massey struck twice for Llangollen Town in their 7-2 reversal against New Brighton Villa who were on target through Lewis Jones (2), Alex Jones (2), Jack Gregory, Matt Davies and Lee Griffiths.

Llay Welfare were picked off 4-2 by Overton who netted through Lewis Williams, Chris Bryan and Steve Done (2). Dan Richardson bagged both of the Llay goals.

Penycae shared a 2-2 draw with Ruthin Town who earned a point courtesy of strikes from Luke Appleby and Huw Sadler.

Rhos Aelwyd clinched a 2-1 success over Brymbo thanks to Liam Davies and Callum Smith with Kenny Davies hitting back.

Rhydymwyn sunk Coedpoeth United 3-0 with strikes from Charlie Bradley and Ross Hughes (2) .