LLANGOLLEN took to the road at the weekend for a trip up to the coast to face Rhyl 2nds at their new Ty Newydd Fields home. From the kick-off, both defences were strong and the first points of the game went to Rhyl via a penalty in front of the posts.

Llan then started to get some good ball in hand and went over for an unconverted try from scrum half Iestyn Hughes, who managed to beat a couple of players to get to the try line.

The game was starting to open up with both team attacking from deep and using the kicks over the top.

Front row forward Ben Edward found himself out on the wing to run in his first try for the club, with Owen Martin-Jones converting.

That was as good as it got for Llangollen, though, as Rhyl scored a couple of quick converted tries in the second half to put the game out of reach.

Matthew Rogers, of Llangollen's coaching team, said: “The score didn’t really reflect the game in the end.

"There was a 10-minute period in the second half that costs us with Rhyl running in a few tries.

"(I am) really pleased with the performance (and there's) plenty to work on.

"We had some players playing out of position, but they put their bodies on the line and we can’t ask any more from them.”

Llangollen can now look forward to the return leg with Rhyl at Tower Fields next month.