LLANELWY Athletic returned to action with a 3-1 home victory over Rhuddlan Town Reserves to extend their advantage at the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Division One summit.

The long-time pacesetters showed no signs of rustiness after a lengthy layoff, and following a scoreless first period they got their noses in front after the break thanks to a neat finish from Kevin Rickard.

This was swiftly followed by another for the home side which came courtesy of Dan Prince on 54 minutes to double their advantage, and another outstanding spell of pressure saw James Burke despatch a third on the hour mark.

Credit to the visitors, they kept plugging away and had something to show for their efforts when Ryan Anderson grabbed a consolation on 68 minutes, but it was not enough to reflect the overall outcome.

Athletic are now five points clear of Henllan with two games in hand after their 1-1 home draw with Y Glannau.

The home side drew first blood when Fran Roberts opened the scoring on 21 minutes, but the promotion hopefuls rescued a point thanks to a Rhys Thomas Clark finish.

A hat-trick from the impressive Azz Elliott enabled St Asaph City Reserves to secure derby day bragging rights with a resounding 7-0 rout at Denbigh Development, with Luke Patterson and Cameron Hales firing a treble apiece in Llanfairfechan Town Reserves’ 9-2 home thrashing of Llysfaen.

Rhos United picked up a positive result on their travels as goals from Chris King, Josh Morris, Simon Owens (2) and Trefor Jones gave them a 5-3 win at Penrhyn Bay Dragons.