LLANDUDNO concluded their pre-season commitments with a 1-1 home draw with Stafford Rangers.

Matthew Jones’ new-look squad turned in a hugely encouraging display against strong opposition, which was their last friendly fixture before their return to competitive action in the newly named JD Cymru North.

The home side created two significant chances following some early pressure from their opponents, with Dean Seager and Bryan Roberts both going close for Tudno within the opening 12 minutes.

Former Conwy Borough striker Seager was looked lively throughout the first period, and he forced the visiting custodian into a smart stop on 28 minutes after some good work by Robbie Parry.

They were made to pay for their lack of conviction in front of goal soon after when Jake Charles produced a moment of magic to fire past Shaun Pearson to open the scoring for the away side with 31 on the clock.

This provoked a strong response from the hosts, who levelled matters almost instantly when Bailey Jackson, who was confirmed as Tudno’s latest arrival prior to kick-off on Friday evening, delivered an exceptional cross from the left hand side that was turned in from close range by club legend Lee Thomas on 35 minutes.

After the interval saw the home side almost grab the initiative when a long-range strike from Lewis Sirrell forced a good save from the Rangers stopper, with Pearson called into action at the other end with a sensational stop to keep the scores level with 52 gone.

The visitors came within a whisker of regaining the advantage on 56 minutes when an effort rattled the post with Pearson beaten, and Tudno’s best chance for the remainder of the game saw Dan Stephens fire over on 68 to ensure both sides had something to show from a very entertaining friendly.