CHRIS Hardy's first match in charge of Ruthin Town ended in a superb triumph.

Days after previous boss Chris Williams stepped down from the role, Ruthin were in fine form to claim a 2-1 win during their JD Cymru North trip to Penrhyncoch.

There were two changes to the team that opened the campaign with a 1-1 draw at Llanfair United seven days earlier.

Dafydd Evans and Gwydion Ifan came in for Tom Dyer and Adam Harvey.

Ruthin started the game well and while they had plenty of possession, Town found Penrhyncoch hard to break down.

The visitors looked dangerous from set pieces by captain Ilan Hughes, while Garmon Hafal went close from a few corners in the first 25 minutes.

Kevin Evans went into the Penrhyncoch half and played in Llyr Morris, but he couldn’t beat the onrushing keeper.

Then, on the stroke of half-time, good play between Wil Owen, Osian Davies and Morris set up Gwion Owen, who was foiled by a good save by the Penrhyncoch keeper.

The second half started with Penrhyncoch pressing, but they couldn’t create much in the final third.

A goal arrived on 68 minutes and it was Ruthin who were celebrating.

A mistake from the Penrhyncoch defence allowed Llyr Morris to stroll into the box and from a tight angle, he found the corner of the net with a fine finish.

Things got even better for Ruthin two minutes later.

Good play by Wil Owen and Gwion Owen freed Gwydion Ifan, who beat his man and slotted underneath the keeper to make it 2-0.

With 10 minutes to go, Penrhyncoch responded with a good goal.

Although the hosts pressed late on, and forcing a good save from Ryan Goldston in the dying minutes, Ruthin held on for the three points.