LLANDUDNO dug deep to remain at the WRU National League Division One North summit after a narrow 9-8 win at Ruthin.

The Goats turned in a resolute display to eventually emerge victorious from a war of attrition between both packs and extend their unbeaten start to the campaign, something that sees them currently enjoy a four-point advantage over Pwllheli.

Despite the eventual result it was the hosts that began the brighter and they went ahead on eight minutes when talented winger Josh Wilson rounded off a sweeping team move for a superb try. Dyfan Humphreys missed the conversion attempt.

This led to further pressure for the hosts immediately following the restart, which saw them rewarded with more points after 11 minutes courtesy of a Humphreys penalty.

This finally provoked the away side into a response, and they were rewarded for their improved play on 25 minutes when former RGC Academy prospect Nick Dundee fired over a free-kick of his own to reduce the arrears.

Humphreys missed two penalties towards the end of the first period which proved to be telling in terms of the overall outcome, with Oscar Lennon despatching a penalty to make it a two-point game shortly after the interval.

Another impressive spell of phases presented another penalty chance to Lennon late on, and the full-back made no mistake to round off the scoring and give the Goats another victory.

There was no such luck for Rachel Taylor’s Colwyn Bay, who were on the wrong end of a 30-15 loss at Division Two North leaders Newtown to leave them third-from-bottom of the standings.