IT was another fantastic weekend of action in the Huws Gray Alliance, and sports reporter Dean Jones picks out his weekly award winners in the second tier.

Team of the Week: Gresford Athletic

Going into the game against the Lilywhites on the back of a heavy loss to early pacesetters Airbus Broughton, many feared that the same sort of result could befall Athletic, but they demonstrated their qualities to come away from the tricky trip with a comfortable 3-1 victory.

Steve Halliwell’s men were very good value for their three points against their former manager Eddie Maurice-Jones and a host of ex-stars, and the man at the helm will be hoping this is a stepping stone to bigger and better things after an inconsistent start to the season.

Player of the Week: Mark Cadwallader (Flint Town United)

Cadwallader has long been considered as one of the best talents anywhere in the region, and he was at his brilliant best for the Silkmen in their eye-catching 7-1 home win over Ruthin Town.

The playmaker was in ruthless form and has really hit the ground running in terms of improving his fortunes in front of goal, which bodes well for Niall McGuinness’ men as they attempt to secure promotion after a disappointing campaign this term.

Manager of the Week: Dan Moore (Buckley Town)

Things did not begin well for the newly promoted side in the second tier, but Moore has steadied the ship and they have now won three of their opening six contests, including a 2-1 win over ambitious Porthmadog last weekend.

It always takes a while to adjust to the rigours of the Huws Gray Alliance and the undoubted step up in class that comes with it, but after a rocky opening things are certainly looking up for a Town outfit that look set to surprise a few this season on current form.

Man in Form: Jamie McDaid (Holyhead Hotspur)

It is no surprise to see the Holy Islanders’ fortunes have significantly increased in recent weeks as the form of McDaid has dramatically improved.

The lively forward has quickly emerged as one of the men within the squad that can really make a difference, and his outstanding display against Prestatyn Town went a long way to ensuring Darren Garmey’s men secured their first second tier win of the season.

Team to Watch: Guilsfield

After losing some key squad members over the summer, the Guils were largely written off in the build-up to the campaign, but they continue to be one of the most disciplined and hardest working teams operating the division which has gone a long way to seeing them occupy a comfortable midtable position in the early stages.

Their 5-0 victory over Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochant was further proof of what a force they are on home soil, and it is going to be a journey that few will relish as the season goes on.