TOM Williams kicked the only penalty of the game as Welshpool opened their North Wales League Two campaign with a 3-0 win at home to Nant Conwy IIs.

Meanwhile Newtown also celebrated a low scoring opening day victory with Will Whittington’s late try proving the difference in an 8-3 win at home to COBRA.

An even first-half saw COBRA frustrated by an aggressive home defence with both sides vociferously supported on the sidelines.

The Meifod side led at the break with Will Worthington kicking a penalty.

COBRA hung on to their slender lead for much of the second-half before Newtown’s pressure told as Whittington broke over the try line with 15 minutes remaining.

Gareth Williams soon added a penalty as Newtown celebrated their first win over COBRA in five attempts to ensure a successful start to the season for the hosts.

Llanidloes proved a cut above at Abergele with full-back Carwyn Williams starring with a hat-trick of tries in a 45-7 victory.

Williams opened the scoring before No8 Garth Anwyl went over with a pushover try.

Williams added a second try, converted by Adam Price, before Abergele reduced the arrears with a converted try of their own just before the interval.

Williams completed his hat-trick after the break with Price and wing Richard Pryce also capitalising to cross before Rob Jones completed the try count with Price adding four second-half conversions.

Coach Adam Gaca said: “We were rusty being the first game of the season but the boys stuck to the structures we’ve been working on in pre-season and can build on this performance.”

Machynlleth opened their third division campaign with a thumping 68-7 win at Benllech.

Tommy Thorndyke, Cai Lewis and Gwydion Davies were all welcomed back to the fold as Machynlleth eased to an emphatic victory.

Matt Thomas starred with two tries and eight conversions with Ifor Evans and Ryan Blockley also crossing for two tries each while Tomos Ifan, Gerwyn Coleman and Gwydion Davies completed the try count and Scott Lewis added a conversion.