LLANDUDNO picked up a notable early season scalp with a hard-fought 12-10 victory over Specsavers One North title rivals Nant Conwy.

The two titans of the region’s rugby scene were involved in a physical clash that eventually went the way of the defending champions, with a crucial red card for Nant in the second period proving to be the difference between the two sides.

Despite the eventual result it was the away side who drew first blood after just two minutes when Sion Pringle’s fine penalty sailed through the upright.

Both sides had their fair share of possession with making any inroads as the first half progressed, but the home side did manage to get on the scoresheet after 25 minutes when s superb passing move presented a chance to Rhys Henderson, who made no mistake to cross the white wash for an unconverted score.

A number of penalties for the hosts came to nothing shortly before the break, and they were made to pay after the interval when Gwion Jones surged his way over the line form what turned out to be their only try of the clash. Pringle added the extras.

The crucial moment of the game arrived soon after when Carwyn Evans was sent off for violent conduct, and the home side made them pay on the hour mark when Morgan Owen went over for the decisive score that was converted under extreme pressure by Ryan Pike.