PWLLHELI advanced to the fourth round of the SWALEC Plate with a hard-fought 10-8 home victory over Mountain Ash.

The WRU National League Division One North title contenders continued their outstanding winning run in difficult conditions during what turned out to be a war of attrition between two powerful forward units.

The hosts’ dug deep to seal a narrow triumph and have been handed another home tie in the next stage of the national competition, with a dangerous Penallta side next on the Pwll’ hitlist in the coming weeks.

There was no such luck for Bethesda, who were on the wrong end of a 32-0 reverse at Bethesda in Division One North.

It was another disappointing afternoon at the office for the one-time league leaders, who have slipped to fifth position in the standings and 18 points behind unbeaten pacesetters Llandudno.

Division Two North outfit Bangor remain second from bottom after a disappointing 26-5 defeat at a resurgent Colwyn Bay.

The visitors had no answer for Rachel Taylor’s side during a one-sided affair, but there was better fortune for Llangefni Seconds as they secured an impressive 24-17 bonus point win at Division Three North rivals Flint.