ST ASAPH City bowed out of the Mawddach Challenge Cup at the second-round stage after a 4-1 defeat at current holders Llandudno Albion.

The Saints began the new year with a disappointing loss as they had no answer for a strong second half display from Darren Jones’ side, and manager Daniel Brewerton will be hoping for better fortune this Saturday as they look to get their Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One campaign back on track at home to Llandyrnog United.

After a cagey first half that saw both sides waste chances, the hosts got a crucial breakthrough on 44 minutes when the in-form Danial Evans rounded the keeper and slotted into an empty net after tremendous link-up play with Ricky Jones.

Following the break saw the Saints present a golden opportunity to their opponents in the form of a penalty on 55 minutes, and Adam Hold held his nerve to slot in the spot kick and double their advantage.

Things went from bad-to-worse for the away side soon after when a sensational through ball from Dan Roberts saw Luke Fountain add his name to the scoresheet, but City did manage to notch themselves a consolation which came courtesy of Alan Parsonage with 82 on the clock.

That was as good as it got for the visitors, who suffered another defensive lapse on 86 minutes that resulted in Hold netting his second of the tie to round off the scoring.