Llandudno 1 (Jacob Farleigh 42)
Christmas cards were in plentiful supply but the Yuletide spirit was somewhat missing as eight-man Llandudno claimed a 1-0 victory at Rhyl in the JD Cymru North.
The Lilywhites also had a player dismissed in a coastal derby which featured four red cards.
The first few minutes saw the home side’s Sam Molyneux turn the ball into the net after the referee had already blown up for a foul for Rhyl, 25 yards away from goal. For the remainder of the 90 minutes, the Lilies never came close to scoring again.
Both sides struggled to create openings in the first half, Alfons Fosu-Mensah going close for Llandudno in the 25th minute when his shot from the right went narrowly over.
Rhyl’s first chance came in the 27th minute but Molyneux drilled wide of the post.
As the half neared its conclusion the visitors began to create chances, Robbie Parry not far off before in the 42nd minute Jacob Farleigh was allowed to run towards the box and his low shot from the left evaded a diving Rory Crowther and nestled into the back of the net to give the hosts a deserved lead.
The second half saw a slightly better opening from Rhyl, a shot from Dave MacIntyre flying over from outside the box, then the visitors had good chances to double the lead.
Crowther saved well to deny Farleigh after he broke the offside trap and was one-on-one with the keeper. Fosu Mensah also went close.
In a game that had been played in good spirit, things went dramatically downhill on the 60-minute mark.
A late challenge from MacIntyre on Scott McHarrie saw the Llandudno defender react violently and Sion Davies, the man in the middle, had little option but to show him the red card after his headbutt on the Rhyl man, who received a yellow for his initial foul.
The incident sparked fury from both sides and with a feeling of bad spirit now descending moments later the referee brandished red yet again.
Rhyl’s Ross Stephens appeared to kick out at Dean Seager and the attacker’s reaction again sparked a melee as the majority of players descended on the incident which resulted in both Stephens and Seager being dismissed.
Despite the numerical advantage the Lilywhites still laboured to create a worthwhile chance. A cross from the right saw a chance for Ben Burrows coming in on the left post, but his shot went wide, then Farleigh was again foiled by Crowther.
As the game was set to enter injury time a late challenge off the ground by Tudno’s Sam Downey left Mr Davies with little option but to show his fourth red card of the game following the reckless challenge on Ben Lockley.
Gresford Athletic 0
Prestatyn Town 3 (J Davies 8, Taylor 59, Hughes pen 87)
Town moved seven points clear at the Cymru North summit with a comfortable success at Gresford.
The visitors took an eighth minute lead when Robbie Hughes played the ball into Jordan Davies who turned and fired home in deadly fashion for his 13th goal this term.
Further efforts from the Seasiders went close but it remained 1-0 up to the interval.
The advantage was doubled 14 minutes into the second half when Hughes released Macauley Taylor, who lashed into the top corner from an angle.
And the points were sealed late on after Gresford keeper Ben Jones was sent off for a foul on Hughes, leading to the award of a penalty.
Hughes converted his 13th spot-kick of the season, and made it 22 goals in all, to secure another three points for Neil Gibson’s men.
Rest of the Cymru North
Corrig McGonigle’s 20th goal of the season three minutes from time sealed Conwy Borough a commendable 2-2 home draw with Flint Town United.
Mark Cadwallader and Nathan Brown put the Silkmen two-up within 15 minutes before McGonigle pulled one back from a free kick to make it 2-1 at the interval.
It looked like the visitors would take the spoils, but Boro, who grabbed a dramatic 4-4 draw at Colwyn Bay in midweek, struck late again when McGonigle took advantage of indecision in the away defence to score.
Boro had defender Iolo Hughes sent off in the 72nd minute.
Joe Vaughan and Khyam Wyton were on target for Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in a 2-1 victory at Corwen, Joe Williams replying.
Penrhyncoch beat Llanfair United 3-1, Jonathan Evans, Jack Rimmer and Ifan Burrell the home marksmen after Carl Seliaerts brought the visitors level before the break.
Ruthin Town must have thought they had pocketed the points when Llyr Morris broke the deadlock with an 89th minute penalty, but visitors Guilsfield salvaged a 1-1 split when Rob James scored in injury time.
Postponed: Buckley Town v Bangor City.