There was mixed emotions for our local sides participating in the Welsh Trophy but it was celebration time for Cefn Albion who sent their hosts Corwen crashing out 5-3. The jewel in their crown was Connor Kendrick but only after Corwen were forced to play with just 10 men for the majority of the game after Ryan Billington was dismissed right at the start of this encounter but even lacking player parity, Dale Davies gave the hosts an early lead. Kendrick replied from the penalty spot and again after his second penalty was saved by Dylan Jones but he tucked away the rebound. Cefn were then awarded yet another penalty but this time Kendrick had his effort saved. He atoned for his miss shortly after completing his hat-trick. Corwen pegged goals back through Scott Evans and Sam Henry but Cefn had gone nap though Jordan Jones and Zac Davies.

A large crowd at the Rock cheered on Plas Madoc but sadly to no avail but rest assured they did go down fighting and did their fans proud. The hosts were somewhat flat footed in the opening period and visitors Ponterdawe took a deserved 2-0 half time lead netting through Josh Dorward on 5 minutes and Kurtis Rees on the half hour mark. Plas Madoc skipper Nicky Williams proved to be more of a handful after the break and he worked his socks off up front. He beat 2 men inside the box in the 53rd minute but was bundled over and he rifled home the resulting penalty. Chasing the game, they left gaps at the back and Liam Griffiths restored the two goal cushion but even then Jamie Williams hit back to set up a tense finish which saw Griffiths double his account for the visitors to win 4-2.

In the Premier Division, Brymbo top the table with a better goals ratio after flooring Rhostyllen 4-0. Brymbo chief Phil Hudson was able to strengthen his starting eleven despite still not at full strength and it was one the returning players Ben Kearney who put them ahead with a neat finish beyond the keeper. Soon after, Kearney turned provider and squared for Levi Wooley to make it 2-0. They had opened up a three goal cushion by the break with Jake Prescott finishing off a great move with a superb finish into the top corner. The best goal of the game came in the 67th minute when Chris Boyes who was 35 yards out and he let fly with a rasper that went in off the post.

Sharing poll position are Queens Park who chalked up a convincing 5-0 success at Penycae. A solitary strike from Mike Latham gave them a slender half time lead but in a master class performance he went on to complete his hat-trick in the second half. Completing the visitors nap hand with a double salvo was defender Matt Williams.

After a barren start to the New Year, Llay Welfare got back on track to defeat Chirk AAA’s 2-1. In difficult conditions for both sides Llay had the edge with two well taken goals by Lewis Bickerton and John Rhys Edwards whose strike from distance was worthy of winning any game. Hitting back for Chirk was leading scorer Louis Middlehurst.

Rhos Aelwyd fought out a dour goal-less draw with Hawarden Rangers.

Not for the first time since the turn of the year, LEX XI came unstuck and they were whitewashed 9-0 by Llanuwchllyn. Man of the match Iolo Jones bagged himself a treble, Kai Johnson bagged himself a double salvo and completing the rout were Owain Ap Gareth, Rob Kimberley, Delwyn Jones and Jack Evans.

The main action in the lower reaches saw Rhydymwyn book a place in the League Cup final after narrowly defeating Coedpoeth United 2-1, goals from Kyle Amos and Mitchell Williams separated the sides with Oliver Lewis giving ‘Coedy a glimmer of hope.

In the league, strikes from Tommy Huxley and his brother Alan enabled Overton to topple Johnstown 2-0.

Callum Dutton scored the only goal of the game as Rhosllanerchrugog defeated Offa Athletic 1-0.

In the Reserves Division, Ruthin Town enhanced their title chances with a 2-1 win at Buckley Town and netted through Llion Thomas and Matt Williams with Jordan Hensall replying.

Castell Alun came close to causing a stir, they led twice against Cefn Druids through Neil McGorian and Harry Brown but teenage sensation Josh Hughes changed Druids fortunes netting twice and adding to an Alex Buxton effort.

The Chirk AAA’s versus Gresford Athletic clash was an entertaining affair. Granted Chirk won 3-1 with efforts from Curtis Barber, Matt Cook and Naz Farhat but Gresford caught the eye despite their single goal contribution carved out by Tom Williams.

Hawarden Rangers proved worthy 3-1 winners against Brickfield Rangers and in Tom Janney they had man of the match who scored all 3 of the Rangers goals. Hitting back was Lee McBurney.

Turning to the Reserves and Colts Division, the leaders Holywell Town had their game at Mynydd Spartans called off.

Penycae have leapfrogged into second spot and they now remain unbeaten in 15 starts with a fantastic 2-0 display at Ruthin Town and keeping their record in tact were Ramone Nelson who netted after just 40 seconds and Aaron Jones.

Cefn Mawr Rangers floundered 4-1 at home against Rhydymwyn but the result was marred by a horrendous injury to 16 year old Cefn keeper Leighton Birch. The result proved irrelevant but Rhyd’s marksmen were Andy Jones (2), Jack Smallman and Ryan Cooper.

Coedpoeth United were picked off 3-0 by Rhos Aelwyd who had a hat-trick hero in Callum Smith.

Matt Jones struck twice for Llangollen Town in their 8-2 reversal against Brymbo who had the man of the match in Dan Griffin who conjured up a treble. Completing the demolition job were Ryan Cullimore, Jordan Heath, John White, Jordan Franklin and Gary Dugmore.

Leigh Griffiths fired an injury time equaliser for New Brighton Villa at home against Llay Welfare who had led through Ryan Merrill.