A PURPLE patch of 20 minutes before half-time paved the way for Bala to stretch their winning run.

It's now seven WRU League Division One (North) victories on the trot for the men from Maes Gwyniad on the back of their 51-5 success at Gwynedd rivals Bro Ffestiniog.

Bala required 20 minutes to claim their first try and this opened the floodgates, with Bro falling 39-0 adrift by the time half-time arrived.

"We played well and there were a few changes in the team again," said Bala chairman Tony Parry.

Rhydian Jones made the most of playing on the wing for the visitors and he grabbed a hat-trick of tries.

The pick of them came via a long-range effort from his own 22.

Owain Puw, Javier Peyera, Elgan Evans and Miall Roberts grabbed the remaining tries, while Owain Aled contributed 16 points from five conversions and two penalties.

Bro Ffestiniog's consolation try came in the closing five minutes.

Bala could have a big say on who wins this season's WRU League Division One (North) title.

They will travel to second-placed Pwllheli on February 2, before hosting league leaders Llandudno a fortnight later.

Both of the high-flyers are unbeaten in their efforts to take the championship, but they have already been pushed hard by Bala this season.

In October, Pwllheli edged Bala out 15-14, while Llandudno defeated the men from Maes Gwyniad 9-8 the following month.

In further weekend action, Bala 2nds secured a 22-10 success in their meeting with Wrexham 2nds.

Bala Youth were edged out 6-3 versus Holyhead.