The impressive strength of Gwynedd League clubs early this season is coming to the fore in the Welsh Cup.
One of the fifth tier’s early pacesetters, Nefyn United, have been rewarded with a home clash against eight-time winners Bangor City in the first round proper of this season’s competition.
United, who have only been beaten just once in league action, qualified on Saturday by claiming another Welsh Alliance scalp.
Joint managers Carl Jones (3) and Steve Jones (2) shared five of the winning goals in a 7-4 victory over Mynydd Llandegai – with Dylan Sion and Iolo Jones also on target.
City, who enter the fray along with the rest of the Cymru North, were left reeling from Friday night’s 7-0 demolition at league leaders Prestatyn Town – which left manager Stephen Vaughan Jr ”seething” and marked a sudden end to his controversial tenure at Nantporth.
Meanwhile, in Treborth, Bangor 1876 could make it a hattrick of third-tier shocks when they entertain Penycae of the Welsh National League.
The fan-owned club’s 100% record in all competition continued with a 6-2 victory over Penrhyndeudraeth of the Welsh Alliance – with Les Davies bagging four goals.
Llanberis, who beat St Asaph City 3-1, have a realistic chance of causing an upset at home to a Porthmadog team still looking for their first win under manager Sion Eifion Jones.
The Traeth club remain at the foot of the Cymru North table after a 4-2 defeat at Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, despite goals for Jay Gibbs and Mel McGuinness. Fellow strugglers Llangefni Town have been drawn away at Rhyl.
Blaenau Ffestiniog, who’ve struggled to adjust in Division One of the Welsh Alliance, can also create headlines when Buckley Town visit Cae Clyd. Meilir Williams scored a hattrick in the Quarrymen’s 4-2 win at Mochdre Sports.
Nantlle Vale needed an 86th minute goal from Gavin Edwards to beat Bodedern Athletic 2-1 – their reward is a home game against another WNL club, Rhydymwyn.
Holyhead Hotspur, who prevailed over local rivals Holyhead Town before a bumper crowd of over 700, take on Montgomery Town of the Mid Wales League.
Finally, Aberffraw – who beat Glan Conwy 2-0 – will visit Llanrug United, who made light work of Llanfairfechan Town in the second qualifying round. Gavin Lloyd Jones scored a brace in a 5-0 win at Eithin Duon.
JD WELSH CUP FIRST ROUND DRAW – North
Bangor 1876 v Penycae
Blaenau Ffestiniog Amateurs v Buckley Town
Holyhead Hotspur v Montgomery Town
Llanberis v Porthmadog
Llanrug United v Aberffraw
Nantlle Vale v Rhydymwyn
Nefyn United v Bangor City
Rhyl v Llangefni Town
Ties to be played on the weekend of Friday 18th – Sunday 20th October.