YOU win some and you lose some!

There was a mixed bag of outcomes for local sides as Division One (North) fixtures were played for the first time in 2022.

Bethesda edged out Ruthin 11-10 in a close contest to remain in the title mix.

However, there was better fortune for Bala as their resurgence continued with a comprehensive 32-0 defeat of local rivals Dolgellau.

Ruthin 2nds maintained their unbeaten Division Three (North) record with a 27-22 success in a top-of-the-table clash at home to Holyhead.

Knowing the game was a key one in the title race, Ruthin were keen to get off to a good start.

The initial scrums set the tone with the trio of Lee Evans, Dillon Edwards and Rich Sullivan putting down markers for the next 80 minutes.

Ruthin’s opening score came from an inch perfect kick from outside half Jordan Oldbury, who threaded the ball through the Holyhead defence to allow Huw Parry to score in the corner.

The Anglesey side responded with a pair of tries to take a 10-5 lead.

Although rattled, Ruthin weren’t down for long and a lovely blindside move released Marcus Dyer to calmly exploit a two-on-one to send winger Jack Cooledge in for a try.

The Blues made a bright start to the second half and centre Ynyr Roberts charged down a clearance before collecting and scoring under the posts.

Deian Williams couldn’t miss the conversion and it was 17-10 to Ruthin.

Holyhead responded with relentless pressure and their third try cut the gap between the teams to two points.

However, Ruthin had some breathing space once more when scrum half Cai Edwards put winger Liam Rickard in at the corner for the next try.

Deian Williams slotted over a tough kick to give the Blues a nine-point lead.

Tensions started to boil over and there was a red card for both sides.

Holyhead got their bonus point try with two minutes to go and the Ruthin lead was down to two points.

A nervous few minutes followed before Ruthin were awarded a penalty and Williams knocked the kick over from near halfway to seal a 27-22 success.