WREXHAM ran out 31-3 home winners over North Wales League Division Two strugglers Bangor on Saturday – but they failed to impress.
The hosts made a good start when hooker John Gill crashed over for his first try of the season which flanker Mike Jones converted from an angle.
The visitors hit back, however, with a penalty, which served to boost their confidence as they began to steal possession at the breakdown and counter with incisive although flawed attacks by their backs.
Wrexham, sparked into life by an inspirational run by winger Ashley Dawson and a couple of clean line-out catches by Jones, then made Bangor pay for failing to convert a second penalty with a classic pushover try by No 8 Dean Griffiths.
And, after centre Andy Clutton saved a certain touchdown at the other end, replacement prop Ian Sanger extended the advantage by finishing off a flowing move involving centre Dave Morris and scrum-half John Roberts.
With outside-half Daniel Cheesbrough sustaining the pressure with some clever tactical kicking and new Polish lock Marius Arendacz impressing in the pack, Jones’ pushover try on the hour mark should have truly opened the floodgates.
But Wrexham, who head to improving Welshpool on Saturday (2.30pm), lost their edge.
A try from centre Neil Route, converted by outside-half Carl Pugh, was all Wrexham 2nds had to show for their heavy 78-7 Division Four defeat at Pwllheli 2nds on Saturday while a try and a penalty from Richard Jasper could not stop Llangollen from being edged out 11-8 at Menai Bridge.
Wrexham Youth maintained their WRU Youth Leagues Gogledd Cymru Region Division One title charge with an outstanding 44-15 win at Denbigh Youth in which prop David Blackwell touched down three times, centre Danny Sissons twice and outside-half Kieran Morris and fullback Owain Turner once each. Morris added the rest of the points with the boot while No 8 Kenny Simms and flanker Rob Moore stood out.