STEVE HALLIWELL has warned Gresford Athletic that they could find themselves “in a bad place” if they don’t improve.

A solitary goal from Matty Williams was enough to give Llanrhaeadr, who surprisingly find themselves in third place, a 1-0 home win over Gresford, who had Paul Williams sent-off.

That was a third defeat in four league outings for Gresford, and with his side in 14th place, Halliwell knows things must change.

“It was dreadful,” said director of football Halliwell, who has signed Ryan Williams, Jon Hill-Dunt, Kyle Thomas and Adam Hesp ahead of this week’s transfer deadline.

“We didn’t create anything, we were missing six or seven players and the pitch didn’t help, but we had a good enough XI to win the game.

“There wasn’t too much danger, but they’ve scored a break away goal.”

“We need to improve because, if we don’t, we will find ourselves in a bad place.”

Corwen prop up the division after they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Ruthin.

A penalty from Llyr Morris and Wil Owen made it four successive defeats for Corwen.

“The pressing and tempo from Ruthin made it a tough first-half for us,” said goalkeeper coach Nick Jones. “We performed better in the second-half, which seems to be the story of our season.

“Ruthin are a well-established side in this league and they are a good, confident outfit, so it’s a learning curve for us.”

There was some good news for Corwen, who are looking to sign a couple of new players before the deadline, as Dale Davies, pictured, returned to action.

“Dale came on at half-time and was man of the match,” added Jones. “Having him back is massive for us, he will be like a new signing.”

Next up in the league for Corwen is a trip to Llanfair United, who were thumped 6-1 by Guilsfield.

Adam Davies struck a hat-trick, including two penalties, while former Druids duo, Steve Blenkinsop (2) and Robbie James completed the rout.

Andrew Hughes bagged the Llanfair consolation.