RHUDDLAN Town tightened their grip on the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division title thanks to a resounding 6-1 success at Llanelwy Athletic.

The championship hopefuls made light work of their latest outing after another impressive display of attacking prowess, leaving them seven clear of Abergele with a game in hand after winning nine and drawing two of their opening 11 games.

Manager Wayne Hughes, said: “It was a good win in very difficult conditions.

“I thought it was a sloppy game really with the wind playing a massive part. We played from the back well at times and opened up Llanelwy on a few occasions in the first half and managed to take advantage.

“Anything can happen in those conditions so it was a great result. It was also great to have Jordan Bellham back after injury who played a big part.”

The visitors broke the deadlock on 17 minutes when Jay Whitehouse found the net, and this was followed by another immediately following the restart when the same player despatched his second of the afternoon following good link-up play with Bellham.

Athletic regrouped well and got themselves back into the game when Steve Kirk’s effort found the corner on the half hour mark, but Whitehouse was the difference once again after the break when he completed his hat-trick on the hour mark.

The points were wrapped up on 80 minutes when substitute Rhys Machin netted his first senior goal in stylish fashion, and Town put the exclamation point on proceedings late on with a Matty Rees penalty and an Ian Davenport finish.

Hughes’ side now have the weekend off before returning to action on January 25 when they host Cerrigydrudion.