LLAY WELFARE manager Mike Gadie bragged up his players after they beat Premier Division title-chasers Brymbo 2-0, writes PHIL JONES.

“This is the most satisfying performance I have seen from the lads this season,” said Gadie after goals from George Finlay and Dean Bryan sealed the points.

“To go to one of the league’s title contenders and get a positive result should send the signal we are not a relegation fodder club but a club willing to compete with the best in this area.

“Making an immense contribution on the week of his wedding was Matt Davies and he came on and changed the game.”

Corwen are now top and have three games in hand on Brymbo after a 3-1 win against Rhos Aelwyd.

Eilir Edwards, Sam Henry and Joe Williams scored with Aled Robertson replying.

Brickfield Rangers slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Saltney Town who scored through Jake Johnson and Jake Gibbons’ double.

Chirk AAA drew 2-2 with Llanuwchllyn and took an early lead through Andy Pryde. Lewis Clamp doubled their account but back came the visitors through Kai Johnson and Delwyn Jones.

FC Nomads drew 1-1 with Mold Alex. A Danny Sullivan shot deflected off Lee Reynolds to give Nomads the lead but Danny Warren lobbed the advancing keeper to level it.

Penycae moved off the bottom of the table after sneaking a 3-2 success at Rhostyllen.

Anthony Dunleavy and Jack Abraham put them 2-0 up before the Pugh brothers Mike and Jamie hit back for Rhostyllen.

Penycae were reduced to 10-men when defender Calyn Spencer received his second booking but Dunleavey hit a last ditch winner.

Division One champions Plas Madoc hammered Rhosllanerchrugog 6-2 with doubles from Nicky Williams and Liam Skelnar. Jamie Williams and Rob Hill also scored.

Coedpoeth shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Offa Athletic which saw Kurt Griffiths first half free-kick wiped out by Phil Stott.

Johnstown fell to a 5-2 reversal against Mynydd Isa Spartans who netted through Harvey Hammersley, Mike Whales, Sam Riley and Leigh Sylvester (2). Chris Davis and Dean Wakeley replied.

Reserves Division leaders Ruthin Town clinched a narrow 2-1 success at Gresford Athletic, who opened the scoring through Taylor Williams.

Keeping up the pressures on the leaders are Cefn Druids who secured a 5-2 victory over Mold Alex. On target were Ryan Davies, Kane Frost, Alex Buxton, Cameron James and Josh Hughes.

Castell Alun returned to winning ways to defeat Brickfield Rangers 3-1 and their marksmen were Kevin Valentine, Tom Davies and Harry Brown. Ryan Littleford replied.

Hawarden Rangers drew 1-1 with Chirk AAA who had taken a 70th minute lead through Sean Morris. Matt Armstrong grabbed an injury time leveller

Veteran Tony Jones earned Queen’s Park a narrow 1-0 success against FC Nomads while in the Reserves and Colts Division, Cefn Mawr Rangers slumped to a 9-1 defeat against village rivals Cefn Albion.

Keenan Bathers (2), Tom Miller, Callum Mannion, Wez Parry, Conner Kendrick, Jay Bluck, Zac Davies and an own goal secured the win.

New Brighton Villa were 4-0 winners against nine-men Brymbo. Matt Roberts, Jack Heppleston, Grant Spencer and Ben Hughes (penalty) scored.

Overton drew 3-3 with Coedpoeth United who hit back through Alan Poole and Aaron Taylor’s double.

Ruthin Town conjured up a 4-0 success against Llangollen and on target were Owen Cordiner (2), Chris Evans and Olly Derosa with Kian Harrison setting up all four.

In the Reserves and Colts Cup semi-finals, Rhydymwyn beat Llay Welfare thanks to Ross Hughes and Steve Lee. It ended 1-1 after 90 minutes with John Rhys Edwards scoring for Llay.

Meeting them in the final will be Penycae, who edged out derby rivals Rhos Aelwyd 2-1 courtesy of efforts from Aaron Jones and Tom Edwards. Luke Williams was Aelwyd’s marksman.