Hats off to Chirk AAA’s who have booked a place in this years prestigious Welsh Trophy Final by edging their way past former Welsh Premier League side Llangefni Town at Rhyl’s Belle Vue ground. They now go on to face Penlan in the final on April the 8th. This was a special day for General Secretary Colin Heyward who has now been involved in 4 finals in recent times and he reflected on the fact “Penlan have a score to settle as we beat them 9-0 in this competition just 3 seasons ago. Make no bones about it, immaculate pre-planning paid rich dividends. Manager Mark Holmes played a master stroke by fielding Matty Thomas in a deeper midfield role, he restored Chris Bennion alongside him and set up with the clubs leading scorer over the last decade Joe Roberts in defence. It was these three players who helped us grab that all important goal on 38 minutes. Roberts broke down a Llangefni attack and fed Bennion who found Matty Thomas in oodles of space and he drilled the ball home from just outside the box. We piled on the pressure from then on and the Llangefni keeper was forced to pull of two excellent saves from Nicky Williams and Louis Middlehurst. Late in the game our opponents threw caution to the wind but when they did create something decent, keeper Zac Bebbington was equal to it.”

We now know who will be contesting this years Welsh National League Premier Division League Cup Final and it is the two underdogs from this years semi-final pairing Cefn Albion and FC Nomads.

Cefn picked up a shock 4-1 success at Corwen who have been so invincible on home soil this season. A well organised Cefn got off to the perfect start when Oliver Davies gave them a 1-0 lead going in at the break and it was no more than they deserved. The second half exploded when Sean Jones doubled the Albion tally but Corwen pulled a goal back immediately after the restart through Tom Williams. Throwing caution to the wind, Corwen were caught on the break and Cefn were awarded a penalty which Oliver Davies coolly dispatched. Cefn went on to finish the game with 15 minute remaining when substitute Andrew Jones headed in from a corner.

The season of Brickfield Rangers is not getting any better all of a sudden and after seeing their title hopes slightly diminish last week, the faltered 3-2 in their semi-final at FC Nomads. The hosts conceded an early goal scored by Steve Watkin in the 12th minute against the run of play but responded almost immediately through Keiran Moore. Kyle Reid gave Nomads the lead on the half hour mark from the penalty spot and they went on to carve out a 3-1 interval lead through Lee Reynolds. In the second half Nomads clearly we took their foot off the gas and full credit to Brickfield they pulled a goal back with Watkins again on target an almost took the game into extra but fluffed a golden opportunity in the final minute leaving manager Simon Sedgwick to reflect. “We were slow to get out of the traps and paid a heavy price. Despite being the better side after the break, 25 minutes of first half madness cost us dearly.”

Premier Division leaders Queens Park have gone four points clear at the top with two games in hand over second placed Brickfield. The result was never in doubt as they were worthy 7-2 winners at Penycae. The architect behind the win was the versatile Mikey Latham who carved himself out a brilliant treble. Opening their account for the second consecutive week was Sean Skimmings and adding to their account was Corey Smart, Barry Torrance and substitute Nathan Buckley. Giving an element of respectability to the score were Ryan Jones with a scorching shot from distance and Josh Millington from the penalty spot.

Coedpoeth United at last got back to winning ways with a 3-1 derby day win over neighbours Brymbo. The star of the show was skipper Tom Redmond who opened and closed the scoring with both goals coming from the penalty spot and sandwiched in between was a Nathan Jones strike. Firing a lone consolation goal was Kevin Taylor.

Llay Welfare are in a rut and have only one win to their credit in a stop start 2017 and things did not get any better when they were second best against a rampant Llanuwchllyn who won with time to spare 4-0 and their marksmen were Joe Evans, Sam Evans and Gwidian Ifan who netted a double salvo.

In match of the day in Division One, Rhydymwyn knocked Rhostyllen off their perch, a solitary strike from Josh Jones in the 81st minute separated the sides and the result puts Rhostyllens promotion dreams in jeopardy all of a sudden.

Rhos Aelwyd failed to stem the tide and went down 3-0 at home against in form Penley who were on target through a 15th minute own goal, Jordan Cartwright and Matthew Williams.

At Tower Fields, LEX Glyndwr kept their promotion dreams well and truly alive when they defeated Llangollen Town 4-2. Alan Huxley gave LEX an early advantage and although Meurin Hughes and Kristian Jones went on to reduce the deficit, the three points belonged to LEX courtesy of further efforts from Matty Harrison, Aled Powell and Phil Gidley in splendid second half showing orchestrated by player boss Ricky Evans.

Point of Ayr failed in their attempt to halt Castell Alun Colts who chalked up an 8-1 success and the game was over as a contest by the break with the Colts carving out a commanding 8-0 half time lead and their marksmen were Scott Williams(2), Owen William(2), Kurtis Pryddech, an own goal , Josh Price and Arthur Doo.

Johnstown Youth are enjoying a nice little purple patch and they had back to back wins again sending AFC Brynford crashing to 4-1 defeat after their visitors had taken the lead through an own goal. Turning this game on its head were Josh Hughes(2), Dewi Reeves and Ryan Masterton.

The New Brighton Villa clash with Acrefair failed to go ahead with Acrefair suffering from an acute player shortage.

The Reserves Division leaders Gresford Athletic went down for the first time this season against a strong Saltney Town side who won 2-0 thanks to a Warren Kelly double.

Seasoned campaigner Andy Salisbury bagged a consolation goal as Brymbo slumped to a 3-1 defeat at home against Penycae who netted through Dan McInnes, Tommy Miller and Alex Rowlands with a stunning free-kick.

Cefn Druids continue to make a massive impression in the title race and they are now unbeaten in the last 18 games after whitewashing Castell Alun 10-0. Jordan Williams and Josh Jones both fired trebles and sealing their success were Alex Buxton, Eddie Ellwood, James Hill and 16 year old fullback Harry Lucas.

Queens Park Reserves got back on the winning trail to sink Mold Alexandra 4-2 and on the scoresheet were Ben White(2), Adam Eisenhauer and an own goal.

Ruthin Town were upstaged 4-2 by Hawarden Rangers but managed to reduce the arrears through Elgan Hughes and Dave Sinnott.

In the Reserves and Colts Division, Flint Town United are one win and a draw away from the title after collecting a 3-0 success at Brickfield Rangers.

Chris Bryan(2) and Adam McLoughlin hit back for Overton in their 5-3 reversal against Rhos Aelwyd who went nap through Luke Jones, Scott Reeves, Sam Baldwin and Jack White(2).

The Rhostyllen game failed to go ahead with Coedpoeth United.

Turning to the Reserves and Colts League Cup, Buckley Town scalped Ruthin Town 3-0.