LLANDUDNO Albion got their expected Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One title challenge off to the best possible start with a 4-1 home triumph over Penrhyndeudraeth.

Darren Jones’ side are looking to avoid the poor start that eventually cost them during the previous campaign, and they turned in a very encouraging display that will stand them in good stead ahead of fixtures this week at Llanrwst United on Wednesday and at home to St Asaph City on Friday.

Despite the eventual result it was the visitors that took a slender lead into the half-time interval when Tom Smith found the net after some neat approach play, but Albion came out with a renewed sense of purpose after the break and got back on level terms courtesy of a Luke Smith effort with 55 on the clock.

This swung momentum firmly in the favour of the home side, who seized the initiative for the first time on 61 minutes when prolific forward Peter Jones steered into the net.

Things got even better for Albion soon after when Dave Maddock picked up where he left off last season to double their advantage on 78 minutes, and the same player was on hand to round off another impressive attacking move with 84 gone to secure his brace and seal three points for his side.

There was no such luck for newly promoted Glan Conwy, who put up a spirited fight before eventually falling to a 2-1 loss at Llanberis.

Gethin Wakeham broke the deadlock in favour of the home side on 40 minutes, but the Division Two champions showed their resolve in the second period to equalise through Darren Landers with 47 gone.

The crucial moment arrived on 67 minutes and went the way of the hosts, who had a Tomos Saynor strike to thanks for an opening day win.