CAERNARFON gave WRU National League Division One North title hopefuls Pwllheli a real scare before eventually falling to a narrow 17-15 home loss.

The Cofis turned in a spirited display in front of a large crowd against their powerful opponents, who opened the scoring after just three minutes when a fine burst from Pwll’ back Daniel Williams fed Tom Parry for the easy touch down.

Williams also despatched the conversion attempt, but the home side bounced back well and got themselves on the score board soon after courtesy of an Aled Jones penalty.

This was followed by a dominant spell of phases from the visitors, who increased their advantage when former RGC standout Carwyn ap Myrddin demonstrated his trademark pace to go over in the corner for an unconverted score on 23 minutes.

After the break saw the hosts notched their first try of the contest when a surging drive from the pack resulted in Shaun Owen crossing the white wash, and they continued to probe after the restart which brought further joy as Liam Leung went over as a result of good work in the build-up from Mac Jones and Dylan Gwyn with 50 minutes on the clock. Jones added the extras to give the Cofis a three-point cushion.

The 2017 champions showed their resolve to weather the storm and get themselves back in front late on when the pacey Gareth Williams latched on to a 40-metre kick to touch down after 56 minutes, and they managed to see out the remainder of the game in comfortable fashion to condemn the home side to a narrow loss.

There was better fortune for Bethesda, who secured an impressive 34-15 home triumph over Llangefni, with Bro Ffestiniog falling to a 32-28 reverse at Denbigh.

Bangor remain second bottom of Division Two North after a 31-27 loss to Teirw Nant on home soil, with Menai Bridge and Holyhead winning their Division Three North trips to Llangefni 2nds and Benllech.