WELSHPOOL celebrated a richly deserved 14-9 win at home to Abergele in North Wales Division Two.

In one of the few games across the region to survive the snow and ensuing thaw it was Pool who made the running against the struggling visitors who arrived in Mid Wales without a win this season and all but doomed for the drop while the hosts needed to register a win to pull away from the relegation zone.

Pool led through a first-half try from No8 Ryan Goodwin, converted by Tom Williams and the home side continued to lead throughout.

Joe Stranks crossed the whitewash for a second try after the break with Williams again providing the extras and despite Abergele remaining in contention through three penalties from Gethin Jones the home side held out.

Spokesman Frank Johns said: “It was an important win for the lads and hopefully we can look to push on and get a few more points on the board in the next few weeks as we look to climb the table.”

The remainder of the North Wales programme was all but wiped out by snow and waterlogged pitches.

Among the biggest casualties was COBRA’s derby at home to Llanidloes while Newtown’s eagerly anticipated clash with Dolgellau was also a victim of the weather.

Machynlleth’s promotion push in division three was also frustrated with their clash at home to Holyhead postponed.

The North Wales Youth Cup was also badly hot with Newtown’s quarter-final at Caernarfon called off.

It was a similar story in the Swalec Leagues with Builth Wells’ division two west central meeting at home to Nantyffyllon postponed along with the division three east central C meeting between Llandrindod Wells and Cardiff Saracens.

Meanwhile Rhayader’s home clash with Abersychan Alexander in division three east D was also postponed along with Trefyclawdd’s meeting with Beaufort as Wales suffered its worst hit weekend programme of the season.