THE title race in the Ardal North West League hots up tonight with the top four all in action.

Llay Welfare have joined Flint Mountain as the front-runners to wrestle top spot away from Rhyl 1879, who have suffered an alarming slump in form in the last two months.

Flint and Llay both hit the road tonight with trips to Brickfield Rangers and Saltney Town respectively.

“It’s another huge game for us and even though Saltney are bottom of the league we will not be taking them lightly,” said Mountain manager Aden Shannon (pictured below).

Shannon’s side are three points behind the leaders but with four games in hand.

“We have had them watched and have done our homework on them,” he added.

“Neil Hughes is doing a fantastic job. He’s got a young side and had to build from scratch and I am certain they can escape the drop.”

Llay, who have played the same number of games as Flint, are five points off top spot heading into tonight’s clash at Clywedog Park.

“We’re on a good run of form and playing some excellent football,” said Llay manager Mike Gadie, whose side beat Rhyl 1-0 at home on Saturday where captain John Peate had an exceptional game.

“We’ll keep giving our everything every game and just see where we end up. There’s a great buzz around the club.”

Rhyl are at home to Llannefydd while fourth-placed Holyhead Hotspur head across the Britannia Bridge to face Conwy Borough.

At the other end of the table, Bethesda Athletic are at home to Y Felinheli.

In the North East League, Llanuwchllyn will aim to make it 11 league wins on the bounce at home to Dolgellau.

Bow Street are still in the title race and a win at Llandrindod Wells will keep their hopes alive.

Mynydd Isa, who lifted the Mike Beech Memorial Trophy with a 5-1 win over FC Queen’s Park on Sunday, are back in North East Wales League action tonight.

Isa head to Penyffordd Lions in the only Premier Division fixture while in the Championship, FC Plas Madoc will go three points clear of title rivals Gronant if they see off Sychdyn at home this evening.

Penyffordd’s second string are also in action tonight as they face Flint Mountain in the North East Wales FA’s Reserves Cup semi-final at The Essity Stadium.

The winners will meet Ruthin Town in the final.

Briton Ferry Llansawel are this season’s Welsh FA Youth Cup winners.

They beat Barry Town United 6-2 in Sunday’s final at Latham Park.