PORTHMADOG marked their return to JD Cymru North action with a disappointing 2-0 home loss at the hands of Conwy Borough.

It was all change at Y Traeth over the summer following the departure of manager Craig Papirnyk and the appointment of Sion Eifion Jones, who saw his side undone by the Tangerines despite a hugely encouraging second half display.

They will look to put things right and get off the mark at the second opportunity when they travel to Buckley Town on Saturday (2.30pm).

The visitors used the blustery conditions to their advantage in the first period, going ahead on 26 minutes when Sean McCaffrey prodded into the net from close range after Adam Pritchard initially hit the bar from a superb Corrig McGonigle delivery.

Another spell of dominance brought further reward on 39 minutes when Borough were awarded a penalty, and McGonigle picked up where he left off last term to tuck away the spot kick and double their advantage.

After the break saw both sides enjoy good periods of possession, with Port finding it difficult to penetrate the outstanding Tangerines’ defence who were marshalled superbly by man of the match Tomos Clarke.

The home side did manage to create some opportunities throughout the second period thanks to their persistence and increased tempo, with Jay Gibbs, John Littlemore and Mel McGinness also coming within inches of reducing the arrears.

Next up for Port is a Buckley side who enjoyed a fantastic return to second tier level last term and had the opening weekend off due to the league’s 17-team format following the introduction of Colwyn Bay.