KINMEL Bay remain fifth in Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division Two after they were held 1-1 at home by Llandudno Amateurs.

The in-form side were unable to hold onto an early advantage against Sandy Malone’s men and had to settle for a share of the spoils, leaving them seven points behind pacesetting Gwalchmai with a game in hand.

They are set for a free passage into the Mawddach Challenge Cup second round, with Saturday’s clash against Holyhead Town now no longer taking place after the Harbourmen withdrew from the Welsh Alliance last week.

The home side got off to an excellent start and took the lead with just five on the clock when a neat passage of play was finished off in style by Sam Roberts.

This was followed by a wealth of missed opportunities from a Bay perspective, which provide to be decisive as the visitors levelled matters in first half stoppage time when Luke O’Mahoney took advantage of some rare space to find the corner.

After the break saw the hosts dictate possession for long periods against a resolute Amateurs’ outfit, but they were unusually wasteful in the final third to ensure both sides had something to show from an entertaining affair.

Bay have lost just once on home soil during the current campaign, winning four and drawing two of their seven matches, and they face two crucial fixtures over the Christmas period at Barmouth and Dyffryn United and at home to Mochdre Sports.