WREXHAM clawed their way back from a seven-point half-time deficit to seal their place in the semi-finals of the North Wales Intermediate Cup on Friday night.
The Bryn Estyn Road outfit showed spirit in the second half to overcome North Wales League Division Two rivals Rhyl 15-7.
The visitors used the wind at their backs to contain Wrexham for much of the first half and opened the scoring with a well-worked converted try.
The much-changed hosts, featuring three starlets from their successful youth team, were struggling to find cohesion and were mainly limited to defensive operations.
However, outside-half Jamie Morris made a couple of promising breaks, Danny Sissons impressed on his senior debut at No 8 while experienced props Ian Sanger and Guy Bingham rumbled at Rhyl with concerted drives.
Wrexham were still glad to see the break arrive, though, but their fortunes seemingly took a turn for the worse when lock Jason Reano was sin-binned shortly after the restart.
But, with debutant Kenny Simms pulling off one fine tackle in particular, Wrexham managed to hold firm and went on the offensive when they were back up to full strength.
They reduced the deficit through a Morris penalty after a Rhyl player was sin-binned for killing the ball and then took the lead when lock Rhodri Ifans emerged to touch down a fine try which Morris splendidly improved.
It was left up to Sanger to settle the quarter-final tie when he blasted through a gaggle of defenders to score on the right following a storming run from centre Andy Clutton.
Llangollen are also through to the last four after they won another all-Division Two clash at Menai Bridge 18-6 on Saturday.
Despite missing a number of regulars, Ian Morris’s men ran out worthy winners thanks to tries from second-row Ray Crompton and scrum-half Gareth Jasper, who converted one and kicked two penalties.
Head coach Morris, who made his first start in several seasons, said: “We had people playing out of position and special mention to winger Dan Roberts, who was outstanding at 12, and Nick Austin, who did magnificently at 10.”