Caersws 4 Llandudno Junction 1

RICHARD Davies starred with a hat-trick as Caersws eased to a comfortable victory over relegated Llandudno Junction.

The former Berriew striker broke the deadlock with a cool finish after latching onto a 15th minute throughball from Rhydian Davies.

Caersws never looked back and dominated the remainder of the half.

In sweltering conditions the villagers toiled with Rhydian Davies firing wide from the edge of the area before doubling their lead after half an hour with Richard Davies breaching the Junction offside trap to slot past goalkeeper Tom James.

Davies continued to be a constant concern for the Junction rearguard and could have completed his hat-trick by half-time.

The industrious Craig Harris drilled a low right wing cross across the face of goal only for Davies to miscue from six yards.

Junction started the second-half much improved and reduced the arrears through Sean McCaffrey who slotted home after a long ball from midfield found the home defence wanting.

A much more even contest saw the youthful visitors look to get their first point of the season with clear openings increasingly sparse.

With 20 minutes remaining Harris’ 18 yard shot was saved by James as the villagers looked to put the game to bed.

Five minutes later the home faithful celebrated the goal of the game with Aron Hughes-Jones releasing Elliot Jones to fire past James from 12 yards.

Just seconds later a long ball pumped into the Junction area deceived James with Davies on hand to steer into an empty net.

To their credit the visitors continued to attack and almost mustered an immediate reply with a speculative hooked shot from Benny Smith looping over a rooted David Jones from the edge of the area only for the woodwork to deny the veteran.

Caersws ended the game firmly on top with Rhydian Davies setting up Hughes-Jones who blasted over the bar before James atoned for his earlier blunder with a fantastic save at the feet of Richard Davies after once again breaching the defence.

The victory represented a rare home win for the long suffering Bluebirds faithful and reason for optimism ahead of the end of season visit of Ruthin Town on Monday and Central Wales Cup Final on Friday night.

CAERSWS: D Jones, Parr, E Jones, Ry Davies, Grant, Bowen, Hughes-Jones, L Jones, Ri Davies, Rh Davies. Subs: Watson, Carrasco, G Jones, G Evans, L Evans.