MELIDEN’s inconsistent start to the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division season continued with a 3-0 loss at Llanfairfechan Town.

The Miners’ can take plenty of positives despite the defeat against a side that are expected to challenge at the business end of the standings at the end of the campaign, working hard to restrict their opponents to few chances in a game that was decided by fine margins.

Things got off to the worst possible start for the visitors, who fell behind after just two minutes when Jacob Fraser found some space in the box to steer an early opportunity into the net.

Credit to the away side, they responded well to the setback and began to impose themselves on proceedings gradually through the first period, but they were unable to take any of the chances that came their way to go into the half-time break a goal down.

After the interval saw both sides spurn good chances to impact the score during the opening exchanges, but the telling moment of the clash arrived on 71 minutes when James Cory pounced to double the hosts’ advantage.

This visibly deflated the hard-working visitors, who were undone yet again on 77 minutes thanks to a fine finish from Cory to seal his second of the afternoon and round off the scoring.

A blistering first half saw Cerrugydrudion move up to fifth with a convincing 3-0 home triumph over Rhos United.

Tirion Griffiths got them off to a flyer on eight minutes when he successfully converted from the penalty spot, and Nidian Jones extended his fine recent form in front of goal with their second of the game with 32 on the clock.

They sealed another important three points shortly before the break, with Dion Lloyd finishing well on 40 minutes.