KINMEL Bay advanced to the Mawddach Challenge Cup second round with a thrilling 4-3 home win over Glan Conwy.

The in-form Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division Two side continued their excellent run of recent results with another hard-fought victory, and they opener the scoring after just five minutes when a fine attacking move resulted in Jack Wilkins finding the net.

Prolific striker Kie Ellis enhanced his growing reputation with a well-taken effort on 15 minutes to double Bay’s advantage, but the hosts were pegged back just before the break when Dan Pattison reduced the arrears with 34 on the clock.

After the break saw veteran midfielder Ash Wood restore the home side’s two-goal cushion on 47 minutes, and another impressive spell of possession after 65 presented a chance to György Szabó, who held his nerve to steer into the net and all-but seal their passage to the next stage of the competition.

Credit to the visitors, they kept plugging away and got themselves back into the tie through Conor Davies after 75 minutes, and a lapse in concentration from a Bay perspective resulted in Jamie Jones firing a third for the visitors with 77 gone.

Despite a nervy end to proceedings, the hosts remained resolute in the face of considerable pressure in the closing stages to book their place in the hat.