HAWARDEN RANGERS came so close to causing a big surprise in the Ardal North West League only for leaders Rhyl 1879 to net a winner seven minutes into stoppage-time.

Sion Williams struck late on for Gareth Thomas' side, who now boast a seven-point lead at the top of the table.

Rangers looked on course for a point after Tom Bridges hand cancelled out Oli Buckley's opener but Rhyl sealed all three points with the last kick of the match.

Super sub Harley Steel also left it late to rescue a point for Brickfield Rangers in a thrilling 3-3 draw at second-placed St Asaph City.

Steel struck in the sixth minute of time added on after Aiden Fox and Noah Sumner had earlier netted for Gareth Wilson's side.

Sumner was sent off late on for Rangers while Saints played with 10 men for the last 15 minutes after Alex Williams' red card.

Flint Mountain were 1-0 winners at home to promotion rivals Nantlle Vale where Mike Hayes scored the only goal of the game.

Llay Welfare manager Mike Gadie called for a much-improved performance from his side and he got one in a hard-fought 3-2 success at Llanrwst United.

Dave McInytre grabbed the winner five minutes from the end to seal a comeback win for Llay, whose other scorers were John Peate and Dean Bryan.

Bethesda Athletic were surprise 2-0 winners at Conwy Borough, Holyhead Hotpsur edged out Felinheli and Pwllheli were 3-1 winners at home to Llangefni Town.

North East League leaders Penrhycoch came through their stern test at title-rivals Cefn Albion returning home with a 2-1 win.