Centre stage this weekend we had the opening round of the Welsh Cup and Rhostyllen made all of the early running at home against Llangollen and scored through an own goal and a Keiran Taylor double. Dominic Jay hit back but Matty Wills restored the 3 goal cusion only for Ben Reeley to bag a 2nd Llan goal late in the game.

Lex Glyndwr took an opening half lead with a stunning Phil Gidley goal from 30 yards out. It stayed that way until the 78th minute when visitors Greenfield deservedly levelled through Liam Roberts but LEX has last say and secured a 2-1 success through Liam Sklenar who atoned for an earlier penalty miss.

New Brighton went down 2-0 at home against Brymbo who struck through Andrew Noonan and Lewis Edwards.

Penycae boss Ian Andrews was a relieved man as his side Penycae broke their duck to prosper 5-3 against Castell Alun Colts and they raced into a 4-1 lead through captain Josh Millington, Alex Rowlands(2) and Austin Owen. They took their foot off the gas and the Colts hit back through Josh Price, Kev Valentine and Ben Jones but the hosts made up their nap hand with a splendid solo goal from Mike Parry.

There will be no Welsh Cup run for Cefn Albion as they were dumped out by newly formed Penyfford Lions 3-2. Credit to the Lions they battled well and deserved their place in the next round. There were two players dismissed one for each side. On target for Cefn were Sean Jones (pen) and Conner Kendrick. The Lions progress was achieved with efforts from Adam Pugh(pen), Lee Acott and Matty Holmes.

Rhos Aelwyd came unstuck, they went down 2-1 at home against Coedpoeth who netted through Kurt Griffiths and Jack Pawley.

Out go St Asaph City, they went down 2-1 t home against Llay Welfare who netted through Matt Worrall on the half hour mark and man of the match Jack Edwards who grabbed a sensational late winner.

Penley needed extra time and penalties to edge through after the game ended 4-4 against Mostyn.

The surprise package and pacesetters in the Welsh National League Premier Division are Saltney Town who sit in poll position with a 100% record with three games played. They secured a 2-1 verdict over FC Nomads and on target were Luke Douglas with a goal of sheer class and Jack Roberts all after they had played the majority of the game with just 10 men after Ryan McLeary was dismissed in the 38th minute. Giving Nomads a glimmer of hope was Josh Keir.

Brickfield Rangers were down in the dumps after being floored 2-0 in their own back yard against Chirk AAA’s leaving manager Simon Sedgwick to bemoan “Make no bones about it, we were beaten by a better side who adapted to the conditions much better than us. From memory, I think we had just one shot on target all match. Clearly it is less than an ideal start, but we must stay strong and and build on what we are good at. This needs to start at Cefn next Wednesday". Chirk took a 12th minute lead after a defensive lapse let in Louis Middlehurst to net from close range and just prior to the break Andy Pryde made certain of the points.

Mold Alex ended Corwen’s unbeaten start however it was the visitors who struck first blood through Andrew Roberts. On the hour mark, Owen Roberts levelled and from the restart, Callum Freeman secured a 2-1 success for Mold.

Hawarden Rangers are having a real rocky start and they suffered a 4-0 whitewash at Buckley Town. A single Jake Roberts strike separated the sides at the break but Jay Harvey and Aled Bellis had Rangers on the ropes before Roberts went on to double his personal tally.

Turning to Division One, it looks like Maesgwyn are going to be the team to beat. They demolished Acrefair Youth 12-2 with the star of the show Richard Jones netting seven times. Making up the rout were Adam Bradshaw(2), Tyler Harvey(2) and Darren Jones.

Johnstown were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Overton who were on target through Josh Bettely and Aly Hughes with Harry Jones reducing the deficit. Man of the match was Overton keeper Matt Gilsenan who pulled off a string of fine saves at the death.

In the Reserves section Gresford Athletic Reserves are earning themselves a reputation of being the come back kings. Twice they trailed at Chirk who netted through Curtis Barber and Will Newall and it all came right in the end with Athletic replying through a Darren Jones double salvo, Phil Jones and Hugh Jones.

Two penalties converted by James Evans earned Corwen a narrow 2-1 win against FC Queens Park who did hit back at one stage through Jack Griffiths.

Tomos Jones bagged all four goals as Ruthin Town defeated Buckley 4-0.

At Hope Sports Centre, Castell Alun suffered a 5-0 whitewash at home against Flint Town United.

Cefn Druids were left chasing the game and trailed 2-0 against Saltney but their new look side rallied to secure a 2-2 draw courtesy of strikes from Josh Jones and Chad Humphreys.

Hawarden Rangers floundered and were beaten by 1-0 by FC Nomads who grabbed the only goal of the game through Stuart Austin in the 47th minute.

In a four game Reserves and Colts programme, Brymbo trailed early on against Holywell Town but turned the tables to win 3-1 with their marksmen being Ryan Cullimore, Mark Woods and Rhys Roberts.

Cefn Albion trounced Johnstown Youth 7-4 with their goals coming from Callum Mannion who converted a hat-trick, Callum Taylor and Ben Allen who weighed in with a double salvo.

Strikes from Jordan Jones, Phil Carr and Chris Dixon enabled Brickfield Rangers to topple Llay Welfare 3-1.

Ruthin Colts were on target through Llin Thomas and Osian Aidley as they beat visitors New Brighton 2-0.

Maesgwyn flopped to a 4-0 reversal against Rhostyllen and Overton clinched a 4-2 success against Mynydd Isa Spartans.