LLANGOLLEN and Flint Phoenix B are both finding the going tough in Division One of the North East Wales Badminton League.

Recent results confirm that both will be struggling to maintain their divisional status by the end of the season.

Llangollen’s home fixture against Mold A went 7-1 in favour of the visitors.

For Llangollen at third mixed, Kim Yeap and Lynn Coxey went close to taking a game when they put in a battling performance against Lloyd Tranter and Debbie Walker.

However, the Mold pair raised their game and take the match 21-13, 21-16.

Rossett A returned to winning ways with a convincing 8-0 win over Flint Phoenix B, which went some way to atoning for their 8-0 defeat at the hands of Flint Phoenix A the week before.

Rossett’s Rachel Twiss and Toyoko Cornelius started proceedings at second ladies and they won in three pulsating games against Jane Liddle and Holly Gill 21-19, 18-21, 21-17.

However, that was the only game Flint managed as the home team took no prisoners.

Mold B already look strong contenders for promotion from Division Two and their 8-0 thrashing of Rossett B did their cause no harm.

Rossett’s Hazel Davies and Rory Wilkinson came closest winning at third mixed when they took Joe Nesbitt and Lili Thomas to three games, long in rallies of the highest quality before losing out by 21-18, 17-21, 17-21.

Rossett B then went on to redeem themselves somewhat, putting visitors Hawarden to the sword with a 7-1 win.

Playing at second ladies, Hawarden’s sole winners were Anna John and Lorna Kernahan, who played scintillating badminton to see off Hazel Davies and Marie Jones 21-13, 22-20.

Unbeaten Prestatyn A continued their remorseless march towards promotion from Division Three when they entertained Holywell B.

The visitors were two players short and they were handed a crushing 8-0 defeat.

The match of the evening was at first mixed, which saw Prestatyn’s Glyn Watson and Sonia Penlington win a tight three-game thriller against Elsie Gregory and George Hood 17-21, 21-8, 21-18.

Again short of players, Holywell B crashed to a 7-1 defeat away to the Llanferres C “dream team”.

Holywell’s winners were at second mixed when the determined pairing of Linda Roberts and John Speed were too quick about the court for Gareth Davies and Moira Bonar.

They won a long, but enjoyable, three-game match by 13-21, 21-15, 21-13.