Cefn Albion proved to be more than worthy winners of this year’s Welsh Trophy after battering South Walians Pontadawre 4-0. Albion started the game in tremendous fashion following on from an horrendous set of results and their positivity was rewarded with two early goals through Nathan Williams who netted from close range following a well-rehearsed routine and then Conner Kendrick. The goals clearly put them in the driving seat with their opponents well and truly on the ropes. Albion were looking to inflict more misery and were looking likely with every attack. Kien Morris added a deserved third goal put the Cefn firmly in the driving seat at half time. As might be expected, ‘Ponty enjoyed more possession in the second half but in truth never looked like scoring. Jamie Foulkes scored a goal from his own half in injury time lobbing the keeper to cap a memorable win for the Albion. Manager Steve Davies said “It was an amazing result and one that was totally deserved. The two halves were in complete contrast however, a real attacking intent in the first period which had us thinking ‘job done’ but in the second half, it was real disciplined performance and relying on our counter attack opportunities.

Match of the day in the Premier Division was down at The Dunks where Queens Park silenced title favourites Corwen. A crowd of over 250 witnessed their success which saw manager Dave Evans quite elated stating “Today we finally put our four year Corwen curse to bed. Over the previous 11 matches Corwen have always had our number but today the lads put in a special performance to come out victorious. Will Evans and Rhys Hughes were finding time and space on the ball which enabled us to put Corwen under some pressure. The first chance of the game fell to Corey Smart who linked up well with Mikey Latham to find himself in a 50 / 50 with the Corwen goalkeeper, Corey managed to prod the ball towards goal only for a Corwen player to clear off the line. Matty Williams always fancies chances off any trademark Corey Smart throw in and up he popped with a great flick-header to put us 1-0 up on the half hour mark. After the break, Corwen changed their formation to impose themselves more on the game but our midfield pair of Sean Dodd and Tristan Wagner were impressive throughout. Our work rate was first class during the whole match and to contain an impressive Corwen side and deny them a shot on target is an achievement in itself. With the seconds ticking away Corey Smart found himself one on one with the Corwen keeper and slotted a nice shot home to wrap up all three points.

A weakened Brickfield Rangers side failed to match an experienced FC Nomads who secured a comfortable 4-1 success. Without doubt it was a spirited performance from a young Brickfield team but Nomads eventually took control. The hosts took the lead on 25 minutes following a sliced clearance from stand in keeper Steve Hopkins and Tom Williams made no mistake from close range. Nomads then took control and hit the woodwork twice before eventually equalising on the stroke of half time through Jacob Wise. This was a bit of a hammer blow for ‘Bricky and the second half was very one sided. Wise doubled his account and Danny Hughes put his side 3-1 up. The best goal of the match was saved for last as Michael Woodward scored a ‘worldy’ goal on the half volley straight into the top corner from 35 yards. Despite being on the losing side, man of the match was Brickfield’s Callum McPartlan in the midfield.

Now Brymbo are back at full strength they proved they are a match for anyone and they were more like their old self and they clinched a 2-0 success over Penycae with strikes from Lewis Clarke and Ben Kearney. Brymbo boss Phil Hudson remained quite philosophical about the victory saying “We were average in the 1st half and got ourselves ahead just before the half-time whistle but after the break we stepped it up a bit to put some daylight between the two sides. The result will set up a massive few weeks ahead in the final stages of season”

Chirk AAA shared a 3-3 draw with Mold Alexandra who started brightly and scored on 5 mins when Rhys Nash set free and he rounded the keeper to slot the ball into an empty net. Disaster struck for Mold on 10 minutes when a goal bound effort from Louie Middlehurst was instinctively saved on the goal line up by defender Aron Bunclarke who was rightly then shown the red card and Middlehurst tucked away the resulting penalty. Chirk had a chance to take the lead moments later when they were again awarded a penalty but this time goalkeeper Elliot Quinlan pulled off a fantastic save. Chirk did then take the lead with a fine strike from Niall Freeman which sailed into the top corner, despite being down to 10 men Mold levelled when a Danny Warren free kick somehow squirmed past the keeper. After the break, Chirk restored their lead to go 3-2 up when Quinlan could only parry a cross into the path onto the on rushing Joe Roberts to head home. Mold were not to be denied though when they got the equaliser they deserved when Kieran Price nodded home a Steve Watkins flick on.

Llanuwchllyn were sunk 4-1 in their own back yard by visitors of Saltney Town who took complete control of the game from the start. Seeing chance after chance go begging, they were rewarded with 2 goals in 3 minutes, both by midfielder Stephen Chiocchi, the second one from the penalty spot after Paul Johnson was poll axed. The second half was much the same but Saltney continued to fluff chances galore. In search if the additional goal to kill the game, it eventually arrived on the hour mark as the game’s best player Paul Johnson’s left foot effort from 25 yards nestled into the bottom corner. Jake Johnson put the game to bed to make it 4-0 but right at the death, Llanwchllyn’s reward for not throwing the towel came when Robert John Kimberely nipped in to poke the ball home off the post.

Rhos Aelwyd are ending their campaign in fine style and beat Rhostyllen 2-0 with Dafydd Robertson and James Haynes grabbing their goals.

In Division One, Johnstown appear to have gone off the boil but without a shadow of doubt they felt aggrieved about several major refereeing decisions which did not exactly go their way which saw Coedpoeth land a 4-0 success. Netting the winners goals were Andy Griffiths, Olly Lewis, Kev Breeze and Nicky McCormack.

A Connor Whelan penalty and Mitch Williams strike saw Rhydymwyn beat Cefn Mawr Rangers 2-0.

In the only Reserves Division game, FC Nomads game with Chirk AAA was abandoned after 70 minutes with Nomads leading 8-1.

In the battle of the big guns in the Reserves and Colts Division, the top two sides Penycae and Holywell fought out a pulsating 1-1 draw, a Ben Richards first half opener from the penalty spot was cancelled out after the break by Holywell.

A solitary goal from Alan Poole early in the first half earned Coedpoeth United a narrow 1-0 success against Cefn Mawr Rangers.

Llangollen Town got back on the winning trail and defeated Rhydymwyn 2-1. Andy Steed put the visitors ahead but Jonathan Davies levelled and after a foul inside the box on Simon Williams, up he stepped to convert the resulting penalty.

Llay Welfare hit New Brighton Villa for six, 6-1 in fact, on target were Kev Hope(2), Adam Colley(2), Dan Richardson and Steve Gadie. Replying was Rhys Peers.

Mynydd Isa Spartans went down by the odd goal in seven, 4-3 in fact against Ruthin Town. Corey Bellis (2) and Joe Mitchell notched the Isa goals but Ruthin went one better through Owen Cordiner (2), Murray Hughes and Robbie Williams.