Five North West clubs survived the start of the preliminaries over the weekend – and another six will join them with the aim of reaching the first round proper of this season’s Welsh Cup.
The shock result on Saturday came in an Anglesey derby as Aberffraw knocked out Bodedern Athletic with two goals from Richard Roberts. Their reward in the second qualifying round is a home clash with Rhostyllen, who are yet to win, let alone register a point, in the Wrexham-based Welsh National League.
The early Welsh Alliance leaders Nantlle Vale ran out 2-0 winners over Gaerwen, via Aaron Davies Thomas and Jason Banks. On current form, they should start as favourites against Mynydd Llandegai, who have just one win from their first six outings in Division One.
Pwllheli needed extra time and penalties to beat Llannefydd on Saturday, having started their season in anger late, after the FAW overruled the Welsh Alliance’s decision to promote them back to Division One. A trip to the highly fancied Prestatyn Sports awaits them next in the cup – the hosts beat Pentraeth 2-0.
The other all-local clash involves Holyhead Town – 3-2 winners versus Menai Bridge Tigers with Asa Thomas scoring a brace – entertaining Llanberis.
The ties will be played on the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September.
JD WELSH CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND – local fixtures
Aberffraw v Rhostyllen
Holyhead Town v Llanberis
Llandudno Albion v Llanrug United
Llangefni Town v Saltney Town
Llaunwchllyn v Hawarden Rangers
Nantlle Vale v Mynydd Llandegai
Penrhyndeudraeth v Coedpoeth United
Prestatyn Sports v Pwllheli
St Asaph City v Barmouth & Dyffryn United