There was limited action in the Welsh National League Premier Division and with leaders Brickfield Rangers having their game washed out, Cefn Albion’s 2-1 success at Corwen has them sitting nicely just 2 points off top spot. Albion had the best of the early spoils and deservedly took the lead thanks to Kien Morris. Albion soon doubled the lead when ‘Captain Fantastic’ Paul Griffiths slotted home a loose ball which Corwen failed to deal with. In atrocious conditions at the War Memorial Playing Fields, they went in at the break with a 2 goal cushion but it was a different picture in the second half when Corwen scored early through Scott Evans and although they probed and probed and asked all of the questions, Albion defended really well to hold out and claim a massive 3 points.

FC Nomads assistant manager Steve Hughes was quite scathing about his sides contribution to their game with Saltney Town saying “It was an a awful performance and we were lacklustre from start to finish. They took an early lead which set the tone for the game. They extended their lead after around the hour mark with a needless penalty. We dragged ourselves back into the game with a 10 mins left through Sean Williams but then shot ourselves in the foot allowing them a cheap goal with 5 mins remaining to put the clash beyond doubt. It was sweet success for Saltney enthused Chairman Darren Meredith “After a week of turmoil this victory was extra sweet. Having had to select a 16 year old centre back Danny Radford in goal for his senior debut, on the basis he put the gloves on in training twice last year it was even more impressive. The move allowed Shaun Hughes to play in a free role and it paid off early on when he drifted past the Nomads defence to head in the opener. Saltney looked the more threatening in the 1st half, forcing errors from the home side through the tireless Paul Johnson and Dylan Edwards in midfield, with the Town defence resolute. Nomads only threat being from an in-direct free kick blazed over by Danny Wynne after the young Town keeper forgot the rules. The 2nd half only further strengthened Saltney’s grip on the game as several chances came and went, then on 55 the chance came to double the lead as Ryan Farrell was taken out in the box, and Lewis Burgess stepped up to dispatch the resulting spot-kick with ease, sending Dan Cooper the wrong way.

Saltney continued to be in the driving seat, and substitute Elliot Bond on debut could have had two goals in quick succession but was a bit wasteful in finishing after great work by Shaun Hughes to put him in. Granted Nomads pulled one back on 80 with a header from a set piece, but the comeback burnt out before it started and in the 83rd minute Bond got the debut goal he deserved. Using his strength to hold off his marker, he powered through and made no mistake this time slotting home from 12 yards. I would some today up as a complete performance, and great to back to winning ways, completing the double over FC Nomads this season.

Chirk AAA’s had nothing to show from their long trek to Llanuwchllyn who won this encounter 1-0 and grabbing the game’s only goal was Iolo Jones in the 86th minute in what had been an even affair.

In the Division One League Cup Semi-Final, Maesgwyn took quite a tumble after switching the clash to New Brighton Villa who won with ease 5-1, Steve Orsler broke the deadlock but it was Danny Barlow who was their jewel in the crown weighing in with a 4 goal salvo.

In Division One, Brymbo have gone back top after sinking Castell Alun Colts 7-2. Billy New and Andy Noonan grabbed two goals apiece with Louis Edwards, Jordan Williams and James Cummings cementing their success. The Colts offered some resistance and pegged goals back through Stuart Williams and Arthur Doo.

Rhydymwyn got back to winning ways and a solitary strike from Andy Jones earned them a narrow 1-0 win against Overton.

In the Reserves Division, Cefn Druids consolidated poll position after polishing off Castell Alun 9-1. Ben Dawson was their jewel in the crown grabbing four of his sides goals and sealing this one sided affair were Alex Godfrey with a brace of goals and a treble from Josh Jones. Managing a lone consolation goal to square things ay one stage was Kevin Valentine.

Gresford Athletic failed to prosper and strikes from Wayne Edwards and Craig Stewart earned Hawarden Rangers a deserved 2-0 success.

A hat-trick from Danny Warren and an Adam North effort saw Mold Alexandra clinch a 4-0 success against Queens Park.

In the Reserves and Colts Division, Johnstown Youth suffered a 6-0 white wash against rampant Ruthin Town who netted through Jamie Jarvis(2), Owen Cordiner, James Watkins, Matty Ray and Rob Lewis.

Overton at long last had something to cheer and they beat Cefn Albion 4-2, on target were Pete Edwards, Geraint Jones and Chris Bryan.