Football is back and despite some rain-soaked matches there was plenty of sporting action to enjoy last weekend.
Here's a round-up of the results.
Narrow defeat for Corries in thriller
There was a narrow defeat for Brecon Corries on the opening day of the Ardal League South East season.
Corries were at home against Caldicot Town and slipped to a 3-2 defeat despite a spirited second half fight back.
The visitors dominated the opening half and were three goals to the good inside half an hour with Jackson Dean (2) and Joseph Slack on the scoresheet for Caldicot.
Whatever player-manager, Damien Daniels said at half-time certainly had the desired effect as it was now Corries turn to dominate possession with youngsters, Mitchell Davies and Nyle Slade looking particularly impressive.
The home side had strong penalty appeals for handball waved away before Dale Evans reduced the deficit on 77 minutes.
Corries’ influential captain grabbed a second from the penalty spot seven minutes later and it was all Brecon in the closing stages.
A worried Caldicot had George Holland sent off but unfortunately time ran out on the valiant Corries.
Triple threat for impressive Robins
Knighton Town kicked off their MMP Central Wales League (South) campaign with a 3-1 victory over local rivals, Penybont United.
The Radnor Robins followed up their JD Welsh Cup win over Hay St Mary’s with three first half goals paving the way.
Knighton handed debuts to Harvey Priday and James Wagstaff, and ex-Kington Town midfielder, Priday gave them an early lead when Declan Beddoes released him.
Jack Francis then set Beddoes up for a second and when Henry Shaw increased the lead on the half hour, volleying home a Wagstaff cross, it might have been a long afternoon for the visitors.
But Penybont stuck to their task and managed to reduce the deficit through the returning Louis Davies 10 minutes from time.
Saints hit for four
Hay made their much anticipated debut back in Tier Three over the weekend and fell to a 4-1 defeat at Chepstow Town.
Saints’ manager, Gareth Jenkins would have liked to have been at full strength but that was from the case as they made the trip without so many players who would have featured had they been fit or available.
Hay made the worse possible start and were two down inside nine minutes with Mallachi Graham and Josh Parsons on target for the hosts.
Brendan Hackett pulled a goal back from a free-kick but Finnan Maguire-Hamblett immediatley made it 3-1 to Chepstow.
With the wind at their backs in the second half, Hay were the better side but were hit on the counter attack late on as substitute, Marcus Forrest completed Chepstow’s win.
ARDAL LEAGUE NORTH EAST
There were defeats for Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells in the Ardal League North East.
Builth knew they faced a difficult test at Rhos Aelwyd but they put in a good shift and gave a decent performance before falling to a 2-1 defeat. Rhos Aelwyd, who are now managed by former Caersws and Guilsfield midfielder, Gareth Jones took an early lead when Ryan Powell deflected a low shot into his own net.
Builth responded and Danny Hall hit the post while Adam Farmer and Alex Hicks both saw efforts cleared off the line. James Rumsey added a second for Rhos Aelwyd five minutes before half-time when he pounced on Joe Wozencraft’s underhit backpass. Builth had plenty of possession second half but struggled to get behind a well organised home side.
Tommy Rowlands hit the bar with a free-kick and Farmer had a decent headed chance before Wozencraft did reduce the deficit heading his first goal for The Bulls from Lyndon Jones’ back post corner with four minutes remaining.
Llandrindod had an opening day they will be quick to forget as they fell to a 6-0 defeat at newcomers, Llansantffraid Village who announced their arrival to the league in style.
The ruthless home side scored three times in either half to leave the Spa men, who have signed striker, Richie Powell from Builth Wells, licking their wounds. Liam Pickstock opened the scoring and Jamie Clewlow and Khyam Wyton were also on target before half-time.
Clewlow, who joined from Welshpool Town in the summer, completed a hat-trick in the second half with Oscar Herd completing Llandrindod’s misery with his first goal for Llansantffraid.
I, like many, are predicting Cefn Albion and Penrhyncoch will be pushing for the title and both kicked off with wins at the weekend. Cefn, runners up last season, triumphed 4-2 at Dolgellau with goals from Callum Mannion (2), Alex Williams and Ryan Kehoe with Gerwyn Williams and Sion Hughes scoring for Dolgellau.
Penrhyncoch have made several impressive signings and beat Penycae 6-2 with Jonathan Evans helping himself to four of the goals on his return to Cae Baker. Courtney Perkins and Tom Evans also netted with Alex Rowlands and Austin Owen having earlier twice levelled for Penycae.
Rhydian Davies (2), Rhys Hughes and Gwion Ap Dafydd contributed to Bow Street’s 4-1 success at Llanrhaeadr. Garmon Evans gained a consolation for Llanrhaeadr who had Huw France sent off in the first half.
Llanfair United were beaten 4-2 at Llangollen Town who scored through Ben Wilson, James Samuels, Kristian Jones and Jack Goulbourn. Player-manager, Karl Seliaerts and Matt Spencer netted for Llanfair who had pulled it back to 2-2 after trailing 2-0 at the break.
CENTRAL WALES LEAGUE
Knighton were the only local winners on Saturday in the MMP Central Wales League (South) as there were defeats for Presteigne St Andrews and Rhayader Town.
Luke Boundford had given Presteigne a first half lead in their home clash with Tregaron but the Llanandras Park side were left empty handed as Tregaron scored twice to snatch a 2-1 win. Josh Taylor and Rhodri Jones netted for the visitors after the break – the winner coming twelve minutes from time to deny Presteigne a point their performance probably deserved.
Rhayader Town opened up with a 5-2 reversal at the hands of Penparcau on The Weirglodd. The Red Kites had completed the transfer of James Price from Kerry earlier in the week and he made his debut while Darren Murphy was back from Llandrindod Wells.
There were however encouraging signs for Rhayader in the first half with Bradley Goodwin and Gareth Hughes twice putting them back on terms after Liam Jaques and Mattie Davies had scored for Penparcau. Jaques restored Penparcau’s lead eight minutes into the second half and two goals in quick succession from Aaron Davies-Thomas and Ciaran Evans killed the game for Penparcau who look as if they will be the team to beat in this division.
Two second half goals from Ryan Edwards earned Llanilar a thrilling 4-3 victory over Machynlleth. Kieran Edwards and Guto Roberts were Llanilar’s other marksmen while Mach had led 3-2 at half-time through Max Jones, Callum Page and Dylan Owen.
Kerry began their defence of the MMP Central Wales League (North) title with Richard Davies, Daryl McWatt and new signing, Jamie Huxley netting in a 3-1 win at Berriew on Friday night.
Montgomery Town have enjoyed a good pre-season and beat Bishops Castle 4-2 thanks to Tom Evans (2), Tom Halliday and substitute, Conor Buckley while Sean Wild and Tyler McCarthy were on target as Carno came from behind to defeat Waterloo Rovers 2-1 at home.
Ryan Jenkins and Jake O’Donnell each scored twice as Forden United beat Llanfyllin Town 4-2, Aled Jones bagged a brace in Tywyn Bryncrug’s 3-2 verdict over Meifod while Luke Francis was another two goal man at the weekend as Trewern United ran out 3-1 winners at Dyffryn Banw.