There were clearly mixed fortunes for our local sides in the Welsh Trophy at the weekend and what looked like two harsh refereeing decisions cost Chirk AAA’s their place in the competition. A shock opening half dismissal of Aston Williams gave the hosts a clear advantage and an even harsher red card late in the game was the telling factor. After a goal-less opening half, Louie Middlehurst opened Chirk’s account but Llanrhug quickly got back into the game through a harsh penalty decision which was converted by Joni Sadler and from the incident Jack Edwards was dismissed for what the referee deemed to be a late tackle. Despite the lack of player parity Chirk never looked out of it and took the tie into extra time. However, in the 107th minute of this encounter after defending like trojans, Chirk failed to pick up Llion Jones and he netted with a close range tap in for Llanrhug to get their noses in front. With 2 minutes left on the clock, Chirk mustered up one gallant attack and there were wild scenes when Middlehurst bagged his second of the match to take the tie to penalties. There was a cruel ending to this epic when the hosts keeper Dylan Roberts saved two Chirk spot-kicks and Chirk's dreams of a repeat of last year ended in tears.

Abertillery Bluebirds had been undefeated since August so Rhos Aelwyd knew they would need a special game plan to account for their South Walian hosts. That is however what exactly did happen and quite clearly Rhos defied the odds. Aled Robertson broke the deadlock in the 20th minute with a close range powerful header but their hosts were not behind long and got back on level terms just prior to the break through Ross Hancocks. The jewel in the Rhos crown was Jamie Rogers and not only did he restore the Rhos lead, he grabbed a further goal in the 75th minute to put the tie beyond reach.

Making it into the latter stages are Buckley who chalked up a narrow 2-1 success against Garden Village, Jake Reilly was set up by Luke Blizard to give the Stags the lead on the hour mark. Scott Smith managed to square the clash but enter centre stage Aron Williams who grabbed the winner following an inch perfect cross from Aled Bellis.

It could be argued Brymbo only have themselves to blame for not making the most of their territorial advantage and at a point in the game where they were dominating, their best player Jordan Williams was dismissed after a reckless challenge. The exact facts of the game were Sam Jones provided Greenfield with 26th minute lead but replying for Brymbo in the 64th minute was Andy Noonan. The goal lifted Brymbo and they were the better side at that stage but the dismissal of Williams was a telling factor on the end result. With the extra time just 2 minutes old, Ben Kearney struck to provide Brymbo with a 2-1 advantage. Tired legs and the lack of player parity enabled Greenfield to go for the jugular and Llion Roberts levelled in the 99th minute and this had Brymbo on the canvass with Sean McHugh and Jones again cementing a 4-2 verdict.

Mynydd Isa Spartans failed to deliver and they crashed out of the competition 4-1 at home against Grange Albion.

Turning to the Premier Division, leaders Brickfield Rangers commenced their clash against Penycae in spectacular fashion and with the game only 30 minutes old the had carved out a 7-0 lead. Sam Molyneux helped himself to yet another hat-trick and further goals flowed at regular intervals through Barry Torrence, Callum Humphreys, skipper Steve Watkin and Nathan Jones with a diving header, Penycae had a crumb of comfort when Alex Rowland got on the scoresheet and it could be argued they won the 2nd half 1-0 when Josh Millington pegged another goal back to end the game 7-2. Manager Simon Sedgwick however was the happier of the two managers stating, “this was the best performance from the team since I have been here and it was breath taking at times.”

Bottom side Coedpoeth United came a cropper again and they went down 6-1 against Llay Welfare who netted through Matty Worrall(2), Rhys Lloyd(2), Tom Wells and John Rhys Edwards. Reducing the arrears was Luke Hall.

Corwen are back on song, they defeated Mold Alex 3-0. Tom Williams was poll axed early on and Joe Williams converted the resulting spot-kick. To be fair it was an even contest until the dying moments when Tom Williams and Joe Williams grabbed further goals to take them over the line.

Lex Glyndwr have had back to back wins, Aled Powell and yet another penalty conversion by player boss Ricky Evans enabled them to defeat Rhostyllen 2-0.

Llanuwchllyn ended a poor run of form to sink FC Nomads 1-0. Gwidian Ifan got the games only goal on the hour mark.

Cefn Albion took a deserved lead at Saltney Town when Alex Williams slotted home from close range. Saltney equalised from the penalty spot through Steve Chiocchi. An even second half saw both sides trying to win the game but a late effort from Cefn’s Andrew Jones proved decisive.

Turning to Division One, hats off to Johnstown Youth they were holding Llangollen to a 1-1 draw right until the end after Ryan Masterton had cancelled out an early effort from Llan’s Kevin Day but with a last throw of the dice, Matty Pleaven grabbed a last gasp winner for Llan.

Rhydymwyn shared 6 goals in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Castell Alun Colts and were on target through Ross Sumner, Matt Gillsannon and Nick Manning but credit to the Colts, the kept their composure and hit back for a share of the spoils through Josh Colclough(2) and Josh Williams.

In the Reserves Division League Cup, Ruthin Town accounted for Castell Alun 4-0 with strikes from Tom Jones with a treble and Connor Lloyd.

In the Reserves Division, Taylor Williams netted an injury time winner for Gresford Athletic as they defeated FC Nomads 3-2. Aaron Jones and Willy Roberts had forged out a 2-0 lead for Gresford but Nomads thought they had rescued a point when Scott Nelson and Connor Whelan had responded to make it 2-2 with 5 mins remaining.

Tom Jennney grabbed all three of the Hawarden Rangers goals as they defeated Flint Town United 3-1, reducing the arrears was Tom Burrows.

Queens Park took a panning, they flopped to a 8-1 reversal against Mold Alexandra. James Gregory bagged a lone consolation goal for the Park.

In the Reserves and Colts Division, Brickfield Rangers have gone a point clear at the top after flooring Johnstown Youth 9-2. Star man was Sam Giles who converted a hat-trick and completing their account were Matty Wareham(2), Lucas Godfrey, Scott Swords, Phil Carr and Zac Price.

Llay Welfare are enjoying a purple patch and they defeated Cefn Albion 2-0 with goals from Dan Richardson who bagged a brace.

New Brighton Villa defeated Holywell Town 3-1 with strikes from Matty Williams, Steve Orsler and Kris Turner.

Overton sunk Coedpoeth United 5-2 and making up their nap hand were Nathan Roberts(2), Chris Bryan(2) and Tom Mayers.

Ruthin Town were put to the sword by Rhostyllen, Alun Vaughan Evans and Rhys Jones had netted for the hosts with Connor Jones replying for the visitors.