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Football: Pacesetters Rhydymwyn strike late on to extend Welsh Alliance advantage

LEADERS Rhydymwyn left it late to extend their advantage at the top of the Welsh Alliance league standings.

Rhyd travelled to lowly Llanrug United and surprisingly fell behind shortly after half-time when Andrew Williams struck. Andrew Renshaw equalised shortly after and Chris Geary fired home an 87th-minute winner.

The pacesetters had double cause for celebration when they discovered second-placed title rivals Barmouth & Dyffryn slipped-up at home to mid-table Blaenau Ffestiniog, going down 2-1.

Halkyn United didn’t have much fortune, though, despite taking a first-half lead through an own goal against hosts Llandyrnog United.

The home side levelled just before the interval and Dave Holloway netted the winner on 65 minutes to keep struggling Halkyn third from bottom.

Fifth-placed Holywell Town were also defeated on their travels. Wayne Bayliss netted a Town equaliser on 37 minutes, but three second-half goals from Llandudno Junction secured the third-placed team recorded a comfortable 4-1 success.

In midweek action, Gap Connah’s Quay emerged victorious at home to Aston Park Rangers in the third round of the Barritt Cup.

Craig Jones netted for Nomads in the first minute and after just 10 minutes, Mike Hays doubled the hosts’ advantage. Anthony Weaver reduced the deficit on 34 minutes but Danny Pinch made the game safe with just 16 minutes remaining.