CAERNARFON surged up to fifth in the WRU National League Division One North standings after a hard-fought 13-10 home win over Bethesda.

The Cofis battled against a formidable Pesda side and the elements to extend their recent run of positive results, with Tomos Jones thwarted near the try line early on after a sweeping team move involving Gareth Patchett, Carwyn Roberts and Dylan Gwyn.

From the ensuing scrum the home side managed to secure a turnover that resulted in Aled Jones despatching a penalty in fine style, but the away side pegged them back shortly after when Gethin Long fired over a free-kick of his own.

Both side cancelled each other out for the remainder of the first period, but the hosts managed to score the first try of the contest on 48 minutes when Shaun Owen dived over under the posts after taking a Roberts offload in his stride. Jones added the extras.

The impressive Jones extended their advantage further with another well-struck penalty midway through the half following a period of extended pressure, but a nervy end to proceedings was ensured when Pesda were awarded a penalty try in the closing stages of the clash.

Despite being put under intense pressure in the closing stages, the Cofis remained resilient to claim their third victory in five league outings.

Bro Ffestiniog also continued their recent resurgence with a comfortable 34-17 bonus point success at Mold, with Llangefni suffering their sixth consecutive defeat after a 22-14 home reverse at the hands of Bala.

Bangor’s Division Two North struggles continued with a 20-10 home loss to Newtown, but there was better fortune for promotion chasing Dolgellau in their narrow 24-22 triumph over Welshpool.

Holyhead’s highly anticipated clash with Menai Bridge was postponed due to the weather.