CORWEN FC returned from the non-footballing lull of the Covid-19 pandemic with a 2-1 win away at CPD Y Rhyl 1879.

Following the departure of first team manager Nicky Jones last week, ad with Rhyl already having played several friendlies in the weeks beforehand, many would have expected to Corwen to face a tough task.

And whilst that was mostly the case on Saturday, the visitors were off to flyer when a mistake at the back by Rhyl allowed Owen Cordiner in to break the deadlock. He took the ball around goalkeeper Ryan Roberts and finished calmly in just the third minute of the match.

Things got even better soon after for Corwen when the same player was on hand to double their advantage.

On 13 minutes, Rhyl won a corner, but Corwen were able to gather the ball and hit the home side with a lightning quick counter attack which ended with Cordiner getting his second goal of the afternoon.

Rhyl’s first real goal-scoring opportunity came from a shot from outside the penalty area, which brought a great save out of Corwen keeper Joshua Atkin.

In the second half. the away side looked to increase their advantage from a shot from the edge of the box, which went just wide of the post.

After this, the hosts gradually worked their way back into the game and managed to pull a goal back when young debutant Alfie Edwards finished well, but despite controlling possession for almost the entirety of the second period they were unable to come up with a crucial leveller.

Corwen looked to seal victory when a long ball was played forward and the ball was collected by one of their players in a promising position, but he could only boot the ball over the bar.

In the first minute of stoppage time, Rhyl were awarded a corner. The resulting ball whipped in from the corner was cleared by the Corwen defence, but only as far as a Rhyl player, who played the ball back in, but saw the ball go wide as Corwen held on for hard-fought a 2-1 victory.