LLANDUDNO opened Phase Two of the JD Welsh Premier League season with a 4-3 home reverse to Newtown.

The home side failed to build on a fantastic first half display and had nothing to show for their efforts, something they will look to improve on during their trip to Aberystwyth Town Manager Iwan Williams, said: “I thought we were in complete control of the first half and the problems we had were in complete contrast to what I have experienced so far.

“We found the back of the net really well and looked good going forward but the goals we conceded were criminal really. We came in at half time comfortable and took our foot off the gas when we should have kept going and continued to be in the ascendancy.

“We went through every bit of detail regarding our new shape on Thursday in training and the lads were in early today and looked fantastic in the first half. They started the second off the pace then got back into it and conceded a sloppy goal from a straight ball which bread and butter for our back four normally.

“There are nine games to go and to be fair with all the personnel changes we are a bit of a work in progress. Newtown are organised side and I am trying to stamp my authority and philosophy which is difficult to do when you consider when I came in, but the lads are all working hard and we will learn from it and grow from every disappointment.”

A decent start from the home side saw them go ahead on 10 minutes when Robbie Parry finished well, only for Nick Rushton to level matters for the Robins on 32.

Back came Tudno and they regained the advantage on 37 minutes thanks to a fine effort from Danny Shaw, only for Kieran Mills-Evans to equalise again in first half stoppage time.

Chris Hughes’ side seized the initiative after the interval and took the lead on 76 minutes when Mills-Evans notched his second of the game, and they pulled further clear on 92 when Neil Mitchell doubled their advantage.

Toby Jones pulled one back immediately following the restart which led to a scuffle that saw Lee Thomas and Dave Jones sent off in the dying stages.