WELSHPOOL inflicted a 27-17 win at home to Llanidloes to climb above their rivals North Wales League Two.

Llanidloes arrived at Maesydre with a depleted squad against a home side determined to end their league programme on a high following a much improved campaign.

The visitors broke the deadlock with a 20th minute try from Andrew Williams, converted by Carwyn Williams with Pool responding within minutes with Dylan Walton crossing the whitewash.

Llanidloes restored their lead with a try from skipper Paul Jehu only for Pool to hit back and level at the break with Tom Manuel crossing for a try, converted by Tom Williams.

Williams’ penalty gave Pool the lead for the first time early in the second-half only for Llanidloes to respond with a close range try from Jehu.

Welshpool were not to be denied and a strong finish yielded tries from Ryan Goodwin and Tom Davies with Williams adding one conversion to complete their season on a high.

Club spokesman Toby Hodgson said: “We are on course for our best season for many years which is thanks to the hard work of head coach David Roberts and his assistants Daley Jones, Allan Tudor and Tom Worthy.”

Meanwhile Newtown could not contend with title chasing Dolgellau who stormed to a 42-23 win at Cae Marian.

Despite Newtown leading through a brace of early penalties from Gaz Williams their momentum was lost due to a succession of yellow cards as the home side hit back.

Tries from Eon Williams, Rhys Roberts, Gareth Hughes, Rob Pugh and Iwan Pugh with one conversion from James Owen secured Dolgellau a bonus point by the break.

Williams crossed for his second try after the break with Jake Hinge also crossing for the hosts while Newtown replied with a storming try from Dylan Leach and an Ashley Paget try.

Carwyn Pugh completed Dolgellau’s try scoring before Newtown had the final say with a last gasp penalty try.