DEFEAT in a seven-goal thriller was the tale of the weekend from the perspective of Ruthin Town U-12s.

The Ruthin youngsters were unable to build on the previous weekend's fine win as they were edged out 4-3 in their home meeting with Brymbo.

Heavy rain had made the pitch boggy and all of the goals came in the first half.

Ruthin were never in front, with Dafydd Edwards keeping his team in it via three good goals.

There was hope for Ruthin in the second half with the strong wind in their favour, but the pitch was on top as both teams found it hard to pass the ball and create chances.

Brymbo deserved their win and Ruthin now look forward to a cup quarter-final.

Ruthin Town Blues U-12s never quite got to grips with the wind and rain, or the 3G surface at Maes Tegid in Bala.

To be fair, they can count themselves lucky to have come away with a 1-1 draw in their clash with Bala Juniors.

Ruthin managed to score seconds before the half-time whistle blew.

This came via a move down the right, instigated by goalkeeper Oliver Leech, which culminated in Sion Williams playing a great ball across the box for George Lawton to calmly slide an effort into the back of the net.

This Saturday, both of Ruthin's U-12 sides are playing in League Cup quarter-finals.

The Blues visiting high flying Gresford, while Ruthin Town U-12s host Borras Park Albion.

The U-15s will go one better and they are playing all-conquering Chirk Youth FC in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Ruthin U-15s warmed up for the big cup tie in fine fashion as they claimed a 6-2 league win at home to Johnstown over the weekend.

Town took an early lead following some good movement and a well finished goal by Ifan Tudor.

Johnstown YFC were quick to equalise from a long range free kick.

The pattern continued as Ruthin replied with another Ifan Tudor goal, only for Johnstown to level again via another set piece goal.

Ruthin stepped it up for the remainder of the first half and Harry Hewitt scoring an impressive hat-trick.

There was also an outstanding performance from right back Joe Mehra, who turned defence into attack at every opportunity, dominating the play at times and linking up well with Meilir Williams.

Ruthin continued to dominate in the second half, with Charlie Tokarczyk orchestrating play from centre midfield with a much deserved goal.

The big scorers of the weekend were Ruthin Town U-16s, who claimed a fine 11-0 triumph during their visit to Acton.

Riley Jones slotted in a hat-trick during the large victory, while Sean Kell and Josh High were also on the scoresheet twice for the visiting side.

There were also goals for Dan Dolben, Sam Griffiths, Byron Jones and Josh Glover.