The wait for the Welsh Cup second round draw among Northern clubs was probably more agonising than usual.
The FAW’s Facebook Live stream cut out partway during the Northern section draw on Monday, leaving players, managers, fans and journalists alike in the dark for nearly half an hour.
When the full details of the draw finally emerged, Bangor 1876 once again stood out with a headline tie – at home to Ruthin Town of the Cymru North.
The fan-owned Gwynedd League club are one of two fifth-tier teams left in the running after their 100% competitive record was put to the test by Penycae on Saturday.
After drawing 3-3 at the end of extra time – including two penalties for Jamie Petrie – the hosts prevailed against the Welsh National League visitors 3-2 on penalties.
Their next cup opponents at Treborth ran out 2-1 winners at Conwy Borough in the first round – Llyr Morris scored both goals, though Ruthin played out the game with ten men after Gwion Owen saw red.
That home draw narrowly avoided a potential Bangor derby with bitter rivals City, who will face Prestatyn Town just up the road at Nantporth.
City ended Nefyn United’s hopes of causing a shock with two late goals from Salvatore Pascarella on Saturday. They’ll meet the Cymru North leaders, who beat Llanrheadr-ym-Mochnant 4-1.
Two Welsh Alliance teams have been given home ties against second-tier opposition.
Holyhead Hotspur, who beat Montgomery Town 4-2, will welcome a Buckley Town side who knocked out Blaenau Ffestiniog in tricky conditions.
Then there’s Nantlle Vale, whose reward for a 2-0 win over Rhydymwyn will be a home clash with Colwyn Bay. The Seagulls marked their return to the Welsh Cup after an absence of more than 20 years by beating Corwen 3-2.
Two second round ties in the region are still to be settled after the weather intervened.
Llanberis hope to get their first round clash with Cymru North club Porthmadog this Saturday (26th October) – the winners will entertain Gresford Athletic, who coasted through to round two with a 5-0 derby victory over Coedpoeth United.
The winners of the other rearranged North West tie between Llanrug United or Aberffraw will travel to Mold Alexandra.
JD Welsh Cup second round draw – North
Bangor 1876 v Ruthin Town
Bangor City v Prestatyn Town
Holyhead Hotspur v Buckley Town
Llanberis or Porthmadog v Gresford Athletic
Mold Alexandra v Llanrug United or Aberffraw
Nantlle Vale v Colwyn Bay
Ties to be played on the weekend of Friday 8th – Sunday 10th November