LLANDUDNO suffered their first loss of the WRU National League Division One North season with an 18-7 defeat at in-form Bala.

The previously unbeaten Goats had gone 13 games without defeat prior to Saturday’s clash, and they remain on top despite the reverse and Pwllheli’s narrow 12-11 victory at Bro Ffestiniog.

The home side imposed themselves on proceedings from the outset and they went ahead on ten minutes when Ilan Rowland powered his way over for an unconverted score.

They managed to extend their advantage soon after through a well-struck penalty by Argentinian Javier Peyfra following an infringement, and the same player made it an 11-point game at the break with his second successful free-kick of the afternoon.

After the interval saw the visitors finally get a foothold into the contest, but their efforts to get on the scoresheet were met by some fierce resistance from the physical home rearguard.

Their inability to convert their dominance into points proved crucial on 58 minutes when the hosts dotted over for yet another score which came courtesy of Owain Pugh, which Peyfra converted.

The Goats did manage a consolation try on 65 minutes when a neat spell of phases saw Aled Meredith go over, with Arthur Lennon adding the extras, but it proved too little, too late as they tasted defeat for the first time in the league this season.

Nant Conwy enjoyed a profitable afternoon as they turned on the style to secure a 48-28 home win over Caernarfon, leaving the defending champions six points behind Llandudno having played two games more.

Teirw Nant claimed Division Two North derby day bragging rights with a 32-15 bonus point victory at Colwyn Bay.