CAERNARFON eased their Specsavers National League Division One North relegation fears with a hard-fought 15-12 home win over Bro Ffestiniog.

The Cofis’ battled hard to secure what could be a pivotal victory against the basement dwellers when the final standings are confirmed at the end of the season, with a moment of magic in the second half proving decisive in a contest devoid of any real quality.

An imposing start from the hosts saw them go in front after two minutes when scrum-half Rhodri Jones went over in the corner after good approach play from Aled Jones and skipper Carwyn Roberts, but they were unable to add to their tally despite dominating proceedings immediately following the restart.

The visitors looked good on the break and had chances of their own from Dewi James and Dylan Daniels that they were unable to make the most of, with the stout tackling of Cofis’ standout Gareth Pritchard playing a leading role in his side’s resistance.

After the break saw the best move of the match extend the hosts advantage when Adam Thomas rounded off an exceptional series of passing phases to burst his way over the white wash for a score which went unconverted.

This was met by a good response from the away side, who got back into the tie on 56 minutes when a surging drive presented a chance to Jordan Meredith for the touch down.

The home side bounced back in fine style when a prolonged spell of dominance saw Aled Jones break through the smallest of gaps to extend their cushion.

A nervy ending to proceedings was assured when Alan Jones went over for a try that was converted by Mathew Williams, but the Cofis’ held firm in the closing stages for a much-needed triumph.

Llangefni caused a stir at the summit with a 32-31 home win over title hopefuls Ruthin, with Dolgellau emerging from their clash at Pwllheli with a 9-7 success.

Division Two North side Bangor produced their finest attacking display of the season to seal a 43-17 win over Llanidloes, and Menai Bridge dug deep to seal a 19-10 triumph at Flint.