Caerwys proved they are more than capable of entering the North East Wales League title race after recording a superb 3-1 triumph at leaders Brymbo Victoria on Saturday.
It was just a second defeat of the campaign for Vics, whose lead has been cut to a single point after Chirk Town returned to winning ways.
Caerwys made it four straight wins under new manager Jordan Hadaway – and this was their best yet.
The visitors were forced to make several changes, but Josh Richardson returned to strengthen the midfield and Ruari Wood started at left back.
The first half was positive for Caerwys as they looked to play out from keeper Seb Czubaj, recently transferred back from Corwen.
Unfortunately after 21 minutes holding midfielder Deiniol Bower suffered an injury blow which left him unable to continue, Jarek Sackowicz replacing him.
Caerwys continued to battle against the wind and half time arrived with a 0-0 score.
The second half saw Caerwys play their best football of the season.
Their opening goal was scored in the 50th minute by winger Lewis Evans, who headed in a Wood long throw.
Brymbo Victoria soon levelled with a long range effort by full-back George Phoenix.
Substitute Jon Edmonds made a big impact for the travellers, his cross finding Ryan Jones to make it 2-1 from six yards.
Edmonds added a third after good link-play between Jack Mackie and Elgan Hughes.
In the 70th minute, Caerwys were reduced to 10 men when Edmonds was shown a straight red for a tackle from behind.
The visitors battled hard to keep it at 3-1. In the 92nd minute a penalty was awarded to Brymbo for a handball against Elgan Hughes. Paul Messham stepped up to take it, but Czubaj saved.
Manager Hadaway said: “It was really impressive to see us challenge the best in the league even though we had a few lads out.
“The squad is buzzing at the minute and is showing great depth which I am happy with. We didn’t just win the game we won it by playing good attractive battling football.
“Andy and I couldn’t have asked for more off the lads yesterday, but we still had another gear to go to. Winning that game has put us right in the mix again for the league!”
Rest of the League
After suffering their first loss of the season the previous weekend, Chirk Town returned to winning ways by beating visitors Acton 3-1.
Tom Freeman (2) and Ryan Houghton shared the Taverners’ goals after Ross Bignall had handed Acton an early lead.
Borras Park Albion dished out a 5-2 thrashing to hosts Mold Town United, who remain just one off the bottom.
Jack Hanley, Kel Davies (2), Daniel McGinnis and Callum Roberts split the Albion goals, Steve Wilson and Alun Wilson (penalty) responding.
Second-half net-finders from Dan Lee and Mark Emberton ensured Penyffordd Lions defeated Sychdyn 2-0.