CONWY Borough manager Matthew Jones was unable to secure victory in his first competitive game in charge as his side were beaten 2-0 at home by Ruthin Town.

The Tangerines were unable to advance in the Nathaniel MG Cup against their JD Cymru North rivals, leaving the new boss with plenty to ponder as the club awaits formal confirmation from the Football Association of Wales regarding a start date for the upcoming league campaign.

Jones, said: “We were not at it today, but full credit to Ruthin who deserved their win.

“We regroup and go again, there’s a lot more to come from this group.

“A special mention has to go to all volunteers behind the scenes who have put in countless hours to ensure the game met the safety standards.”

A cagey opening to proceedings brought little in the way of goalmouth action, but the visitors managed to get their noses in front midway through the half when a long-range attempt from Jamie Cunning flew past Borough stopper Rory Crowther and into the net.

The introduction of prolific striker Corrig McGonigle just before the break provided the home side with a spark, but they were unable to make anything of their brief dominance and were undone again shortly after the interval.

A neat move on 49 minutes was finished off in style by Josh Jones, and although the hosts huffed and puffed throughout the second period, they didn’t manage to find a route back into the tie.