The question on everyone’s lips at the moment is has Brymbo’s bubble burst having looked so invincible since the start of the campaign. It was a real bruising encounter against their visitors Cefn Albion. Both sides went at it blow for blow and how it was stalemate at the break defied belief. The game came alive with a piece of sheer magic from winger Jordan Williams and his cross from the left flank on the hour mark set up Alex Williams to net from close range. It knocked the stuffing somewhat out of Brymbo who gave away a penalty after a trip on the influential Dan Cox and Jamie Ffoulkes doubled their lead in the 71st minute. The goal stirred Brymbo into action but in controversial fashion, they won a clear penalty conceded by Nathan Williams but from the incident a full scale melee ensued which saw a red card produced for Brymbo skipper Vita Mbolokele and a yellow card for Cefn’s Jordan Williams. When the dust settled the hosts reduced the deficit when Jacques Stuart converted the spot-kick. Left chasing the game as so often happens, they left gaps at the back and Albion made it 3-1 with minutes left through Andrew Jones.

Queens Park fluffed a golden opportunity to take over pole position and they were toppled 2-1 by Chirk AAA’s. Veteran Tony Jones gave the hosts the lead but second half strikes by Adam Davies and the league’s leading goal scorer Louis Middlehurst got Chirk back on the winning trail.

Brickfield Rangers came a cropper and were defeated 2-1 by Rhos Aelwyd who secured a valuable 3 points. Dafydd Robertson and Ieuan Jones netted for Aelwyd with Tom Williams pegging a goal back.

Hawarden Rangers pulled off splendid 3-1 success against Llanuwchllyn who did manage lone consolation through Joe Evans all after a barren opening half.

LEX XI yet again failed to raise a team for their clash with Corwen and they have decided to withdraw from the league. After their formation in the mid 60’s by a group of Wrexham solicitors and their staff they became areas best and most respected sides winning every honour possible in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In a carefully prepared statement, Club Chairman Mike Davies announced “It is with great sadness and regret that I have to inform the league that LexX1 is resigning with immediate effect from the Premier Division of the Welsh National League. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but we felt that it is the correct and honourable step to take out of respect for the League and all the other clubs, and also our present players. Over the last weeks we have suffered an exodus of players to other clubs following the resignation of our manager, and try as we might we have not been able to attract players of the necessary quality. To continue as we are would be unfair to our present players, and to the other clubs in the League. Rest assured, this has been a very difficult and painful decision. Rest assured, this does not signal the end of LEX and we will look to regroup and start all over again.”

At the Ring, Llay Welfare are building up a head of steam and they raised their game to secure a 1-0 victory against FC Nomads with manager Mike Gadie stating. “It was a great win again and our fitness showed through in in the end and having quality come off the bench to score our winning goal and it was George Finlay with an exquisite finish after a great assist from Jared Taylor.”

Plucky Penycae picked up a point from a 3-3 draw at Mold Alex who took an early lead through Iwan Rogers. Back came Penycae to take a 2-1 interval lead through Calyn Spence and Jamie Monk. In a game which swung from end to end Mold hit back though Rhys Nash and Adam Renshaw but the visitors snatched a deserved late leveller through Josh Millington in stoppage time.

Rhostyllen secured a 4-1 victory against Saltney and star man was veteran striker Mark Williams and he just rolled back the years weighing in with a double salvo. Completing their tally were Jamie Richards and Josh Jones and all this was after Saltney had taken a 3rd minute lead through Jake Johnson.

After a bittersweet loss to Pontadarwe at the weekend, Plas Madoc were back to their very best defeating Mynydd Isa Spartans in the semi-final of the Division One league cup 4-2. Man of the match Josh Williams netted a treble and Jamie Williams made the passage safe.

In Division One, Llangollen Town thumped Johnstown 6-0 and there marksmen were Alex Davies, Sam Giles(2), Josh Langford, Simon Williams and John Davies.

Offa Athletic fought out a thrilling 1-1 draw with Overton and had Tyler Harvey’s effort wiped out by Tom Huxley but worthy of mention was Overton keeper Dave Lee who pulled off a string of fine saves.

Rhydymwyn caused a stir to keep alive their outside chance of promotion and they defeated Castell Alun Colts 2-1 with efforts from Mitch Williams and Kyle Amos. The Colts might argue the score-line does not paint an accurate picture with them aggrieved by the fact they had what they felt was a perfectly good goal not allowed to stand out and a last minute stone wall penalty ruled out. To add to that, Stuart Williams fluffed a penalty opportunity but did manage to atone with a close range effort later in the game.

There was a shock in store for Reserve Division League Cup favourites Cefn Druids who took a 3-1 exit against Hawarden Rangers who had Tom Janney weighing in with a double salvo and Tyler Woods adding a third. Netting a consolation goal was Josh Hughes.

Meeting them in the final will be Mold Alex who shaded their tie at Chirk 2-1 who had netted through Caleb Davies after just 8 minutes.

In the league at Reserves level, Queens Park had to play 85 minutes with 10 men after Shane Prince was given his marching orders and hosts Buckley soon netted through Tom Gunson. Park kept their composure and hit back for a share of the spoils through Luke Davies.

Corwen thrashed Brickfield Rangers 9-0, man of the match Joe Williams netted four of his side’s goals, sub Tommy Mutton fired a treble and completing the whitewash was Ryan Billington and Sam Henry.

FC Nomads secured a narrow 2-0 win over Gresford Athletic thanks to second half strikes from Tom Boulton and Luke Muia.

Turning to the Reserves and Colts Division, leaders Holywell Town had a blank week so Penycae closed the gap at the top with a convincing 5-0 success over Llay Welfare, making up their nap hand were Aaron Jones, Morgan Daykin(2), Carl Davies and the evergreen Ian Andrews.

Cefn Albion were turned over 2-1 by Mynydd Isa Spartans but had Callum Mannion reducing the arrears.

A strong Coedpoeth United side defeated Ruthin Town 2-0 and on target were Mykel Woolett and Josh Jones.

New Brighton Villa were held to a 1-1 draw by Rhydymwyn who hit back through Ross Hughes with a spectacular overhead kick.

Elsewhere, Overton went down 3-0 at home against Brymbo.