Welsh National League: Brymbo return to pinnacle, first point for Brickfield

Brymbo are top of the Premier Division

FC Queen’s Park nudged up to third place in the Welsh National League Premier Division with a 3-1 home victory over Penycae.

The game had been given added spice by the Cae’s midweek signing of former Park talisman and vice-captain Corey Smart.

And the new recruit almost had a dream start as a slight mix up at the back allowed him to burst clean through, but luckily for the Park he was forced slightly wide and could only fire into the safe hands of keeper Joey Jones.

Penycae did plenty of first half attacking, but the Park stood firm and James Gregory was unlucky not to poke home after a great cross/shot from Nath Buckley.

The second half started with Queen’s Park gaining the upper hand, wingers Aled Powell and Buckley bursting into prominence.

The first turning point of the game came when a free kick was pumped high into the Penycae area and Gregory was able to get up high and just beat the onrushing keeper to nick the ball. As it fell, Gregory spun and rolled it into the open net, via the post.

Penycae equalised through Ant Dunleavy, Smart with the assist, but the Park rallied and won a penalty for handball, which Barry Torrence converted.

The visitors still looked dangerous on the counter, but Edgar Lima clinched it for the Park with the strike of the game.

Saltney Town beat Plas Madoc 1-0 in a game that was actually far more eventful than the single-goal scoreline implied.

The new stand at Sandy Lane was utilised, almost to its capacity, as the heavens opened in line with kick-off.

Despite the weather, the home side looked good and when Paul Johnson put them 1-0 up, a sense of a whitewash was present.

Saltney huffed and puffed but could not add to their early lead and entered the break only one in front, the away side offering very little in return.

Having lost the lead so many times this season, the Bordermen re-entered the arena determined to to break their bad habits.

All over the pitch Saltney collectively worked opening after opening but the Plas Madoc rearguard stood strong.

Even when Josh Williams saw red on 75 minutes for a second yellow card, a breakthrough proved impossible.

Saltney manager Andrew Dutton will be delighted with another three points on the board, but there will be concerns over a real lack of composure in front of goal.

Holywell Town defeated Mold Alexandra 3-1 in a battle of unbeaten sides at Halkyn Road.

Mark Connolly, Shaun Tuck and Luke Edwards struck for the Wellmen, Rhys Nash replying for the Alex. A full report on this match is available elsewhere on Grassroots North Wales.

Brymbo returned to the summit with a 3-0 triumph at Rhos Aelwyd, Andy Noonan, Ben Kearney and Ryan Clarke all on target.

Alex Williams (2), Jordan Jones and Danny Holland guided Cefn Albion to a 4-2 success at Castell Alun Colts, while Brickfield Rangers earned their first point of the season from a 2-2 draw at Llanuwchllyn, Sebastian Kidd and Sam Northall netting for the Wrexham side.

Llay Welfare led 3-0 at Chirk AAA through Matthew Worrall, Luke Taylor and Tom Wells, but the Colliers fought back for a 3-3 result.

Rhostyllen v Rhydymwyn was postponed due to the lack of an available referee.

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