MELIDEN turned in their best performance of the campaign to claim derby bragging rights with a 4-2 success at Rhuddlan Town.

The Miners emerged victorious from the JT (Charlie) Jones Presidents Cup first round clash at the expense of the current Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division leaders, who were uncharacteristically lacklustre on home soil to exit the competition at the first hurdle.

Town boss Wayne Hughes, said: “It was very poor from us. Far too many didn’t play the way we have been over the last few weeks.

“Two down at half time with Meliden even down to ten players didn’t change much. A very physical game but no complaints about the score line.”

The visitors booked their place in the hat thanks to goals from Liam Hughes, Corey Beeson, Jake Hughes and Luke Eldon, with a Connor Bucknall brace for the home side not enough for them to salvage anything from the tie.

Llysfaen secured a spot in the second round with a hugely impressive 3-2 home win over Rhos United.

Phemmi Allison got the away side off to a flyer on nine minutes for an opener that was immediately cancelled out by Alex Jones, with Lewis Sealey and Reece Kearney trading strikes during the remainder of the first period to leave things two apiece at the break.

The deciding moment after the interval came on 65 minutes and went in favour of the hosts, with Henry Taylor finishing well to secure victory.

Goals from Harry Kirkham and Dion Lloyd either side of half time was enough to give Machno United a 2-1 triumph at Denbigh Development to progress, and Llandudno Amateurs Reserves also advanced thanks to a 7-3 win over Henllan.

Two strikes apiece from James Kane and Aiden Bell did the majority of the damage, with Joel Massam, Paul Vinnall and Martin Byast also on target during the rout.