NEWTOWN overcame selection problems to edge a 2-1 win victory at home to Ardudwy in division one of the North Wales Women’s League.
The hosts, shorn of Wendy Langford through a broken hand were reduced to 11 players but buoyed by the displays of their younger players who stepped up to the challenge.
Ffion Williams was joined by Tayla Trigg in the senior squad and both underlined their potential with fine displays in the hosts’ yellow and blue shirts.
Town enjoyed a dream opening and led inside the opening two minutes with Karen Lewis rifling an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.
Ardudwy levelled 10 minutes later when Shelley Jones blocked a shot with her body with the resulting penalty stroke dispatched past Clare Bonsall by Nikki Ashcroft.
Newtown were not to be denied and restored their advantage early in the second-half with a well worked short corner routine converted by Jacqui Loxam.
Welshpool sealed third place in the table with a 2-1 win at lowly Ruthin with goals from Sarah Williams and Sarah Thomas just enough for maximum points with Elin Mars-Jones reducing the arrears.
Meanwhile Presteigne boosted their promotion bid in division two of the South Wales Women’s Premier League with a resounding 7-2 thrashing of a visiting Howardian IIs.
The Radnorshire hosts never looked back after Ellie Williams fired them ahead with further goals from Flick Collings, Charlie Morris and Gemma Morris cancelling a Howardians reply before half-time.
Sioned Price added a fifth in the opening minute of the second-half before Jess Goodwin joined the spree and Collings completed her brace and the scoring.
Elsewhere an Olivia Ritson-Walton goal proved consolation as bottom of the table Radnor crashed to a 5-1 defeat at home to leaders Pembroke in the first division.
Montgomery returned to action in the Shropshire Women’s League and despite Sasha Evans and Becky Randall going close slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Wem.
Meanwhile Newtown crashed to a 5-2 defeat at home to Pershore in the Midland Men’s League One to remain rooted to the foot of the table.
Goals from Oscar Crutchley and Carwyn Owen gave Newtown cause for cheer but a Steve Smith double and strikes from Anthony Handley, Rob Smith and Russell McGettigan ensured the points returned to the Midlands.
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