Brymbo hosted Penydarren Boys and Girls Club in their quest to book a Welsh Trophy Semi-final berth but in an epic game which was spoiled as a contest by the wind Brymbo were edged out 2-1 with the visitors reaching the semi’s for the 2nd time in 3 years. Brymbo boss Phil Hudson admitted his side failed to find the form that got them this far in the competition saying “We failed to adapt to the conditions and our opposition did. They took a 23rd minute lead when we gift wrapped an opportunity for Chris Owen to tap in from close range after being picked out by Ricky Jones. Our chances were minimal at best and then after we went 2-0 down, again through the same player but it was more than a touch fortunate as it took a wicked deflection to wrong foot our keeper Declan Morgan. We rolled our sleeves up to set up a grandstand finish and although skipper Vita Mbolokele pegged a goal back but it was too little too late. I have no complaints other than thinking perhaps we did not perhaps have the rub of the green with some of the refereeing decisions.

The Premier Division match of the day in Welsh National League between Rhostyllen and Holywell Town was postponed due to the hosts suffering major problems with their changing facilities.

The day’s top match therefore was at Saltney where Cefn Albion secured a 1-0 success to go back to the top of the Division. It was a very closely fought affair but a rare mistake in the box saw Paul Johnson concede an early penalty and the inform Jordan Jones-Williams made no mistake in slotting home from 12 yards. The hosts almost had the perfect reply moments later, Daniel Burgess narrowly volleying wide a Stephen Chiocchi free kick. Clear-cut chances were rare, but the overall quality of the football on show from both sides was to be applauded. Josh Atkin pulled off a stunning save to keep his side in with a chance, but the late barrage from Saltney wasn’t quite enough. The Albion defence stood strong and rightfully earned their clean sheet.

Brickfield Rangers proved no match for visitors Penycae in the end but they can take heart from their opening half display with manager Mike Derosa saying “we played some of our best football in ages and although we fell a goal behind, Harry Massey levelled for us. We tired as the game went on but could not fault our lads despite going down 5-1 in the end. The win however extended Penycae’s fine sequence of results with manager Ben Heath adding “It was difficult to play and decent football in atrocious conditions. It was nice to see Andrew Swarbrick end his 6 week goal drought, Shaun Tuck chipped in with a double salvo and making up our nap hand were Jake Ellison and Kiran Ball.

The FC Queens Park clash with Llay Welfare ended goalless but Park boss Dave Evans was honest enough to admit the scoreline was a fair reflection on the game with him adding “We huffed and puffed throughout but at least Mikey Latham was back in the starting eleven and didn't disappoint as early in the game he dropped the shoulder to send a thunder bolt crashing against the cross bar. We did get the ball in the back of the net, a great cross into the box by James Gregory saw Nicky Chester jump high to head the ball home, only for the ref to judge that he had fouled the Llay defender. Our visitors soon after had an appeal for a penalty, but the ref wasn't interested and play continued. As the Park broke they won a corner and from this corner Nicky Chesters again found himself unmarked inside the six yard box and unfortunately he headed wide. Llay to be fair had an even better penalty shout turned down but we got away with it as again the ref waved play on. The biggest incident of the game however came late in the game after a Llay player was caught offside and as keeper Joey Joes went to take the free kick he was a good 70 yards from the Llay goal, as he cleared it up field the ball bounced and cleared the Llay keeper to send the Park 1-0 up. The referee disallowed the goal as off side is a in direct free kick.”

The Llanuwchllyn clash with Chirk AAA’s fell victim to the weather.

Mold Alexandra were held to a 2-2 draw by Castell Alun Colts who had cause to rejoice, they were delighted to have picked up their first point of the season i this was after they were trailing 2-0. Harry Brown levelled on the stroke of half time and Matty Sutherland netted with 10 minutes to go after Matty Lewis and Ben Howarth seemed to have had Mold in control. Mold boss Mike Cunningham was far from pleased stating ““I thought it was an absolutely dreadful performance from us. We didn’t learn from the performance at Chirk and seem to just coast through the game today which isn’t good enough for a club like ours, credit to ‘Casty though they gave it their all and worked their socks off and deserved a point.”

Rhos Aelwyd flopped to a 2-1 reversal against Rhydymwyn who led 2-0 through Kyle Harte from the penalty spot. Kian Davies pulled a goal back before ending up with ten men after Jake Simm was shown a red card.

Turning to Division One, table topping Hawarden Rangers picked up a decent 4-0 win at Mynydd Isa Spartans, on target were Craig Stewart, Daniel Jones and Tom Bridges with a brace including a penalty.

The top match at this level however was at Tower Fields where second placed Llangollen entertained 3rd placed Coedpoeth who leapfrogged over their hosts after accomplishing a stunning 4-1 success all after Dewi Edwards had given Llan an interval lead. Matty Thomas led the revival with a double salvo sandwiched in between were efforts from Sion Turner and Olly Lewis who continues to improve like a fine wine.

New Brighton Villa were sent crashing 2-0 on home soil against Halkyn and Flint Mountain whose marksmen were Sean Williams and the much travelled Aled Reece.

In the Reserves Division, leaders Mold Alex almost came unstuck but strikes from Luke Wooley and Cameron Greaves earned them a 2-1 win at Corwen who replied through club stalwart Andy Roberts.

Buckley Town proved worthy 3-1 winners against Brickfield Rangers and were on target through Tom Gunson (2) and Adam Eden with Joshua Owen hitting back.

Castell Alun Colts went down 4-0 at home against Ruthin Town and a solitary strike from Taylor Williams earned Gresford Athletic a 1-0 success over Holywell Town.

Hawarden Rangers were defeated 1-0 by Cefn Druids who had Darren Evans netting the only goal of the game.

The clash between Llay Welfare and FC Queens Park ended in total stalemate.

The Reserves and Colts Division leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads marched on with a 3-0 success against Saltney, courtesy of strikes from Tom Lewis and a Ben Bewley double.

Sean Phelan, Connor Jones and Scott Davies combined for Coedpoeth to defeat Llangollen 3-1 who replied through Matthew Jones.

Cefn Mawr Rangers secured a 2-0 success against Ruthin Town thanks to Mike Dugene and Gary Whittaker on his debut.

Johnstown trailed 1-0 against a Bala Town strike from Sam Roberts but hit back to take a point through Rhys Davies.

Llay Welfare shared 8 goals in a 4-4 thriller with Mynydd Isa Spartans and their marksmen were Elliott Bowman and James Kelly with a treble. Modestas Krukonis, Harri Mitchell and a brace from Tom Mitchell provided Isa’s goals.

Elsewhere, Rhydymwyn sank Brymbo 5-0. Making up their nap hand were Jack Smallman with a hat-trick and Mason Lowrey double.