Following the resurgence of the community game in North Wales over the last couple of months, Conwy Celts kicked off the men’s league with a 60-18 victory over Marchogion MÔN Knights. 

Conwy, who have been a familiar name in the North Wales men’s league in the past, made their return to action after a couple of years away, taking on a brand-new Knights side featuring many players who were trying rugby league for the very first time. 

The Celts established a 34-4 lead by half-time, with Cam Davies and Bob Davies both getting on the scoresheet and Connah Harding bagging a hat-trick inside the opening 40 minutes. 

Harding added another two in the second-half, taking his total to five for the match, with Cam Davies crossing for a further two scores himself for a hat-trick. 

A spirited Knights outfit managed to get on the scoresheet four times through Aiden Williams, Andy Baston, Paddy Maguire and Gethin Jones, racking up 14 points in the second period as some of their players got to grips with the sport. 

Crusaders chief executive Andy Moulsdale said: “It’s fantastic to see the community game here in North Wales back up and running and both new and old clubs in the thick of the action.

“Working with Wales Rugby League and community clubs across North Wales is a big part of what we’re trying to do at Crusaders so we can create opportunities for more people to take part in the sport.

“We’d love nothing more than to see players developing at all of these community clubs and perhaps get a chance to train with and represent Crusaders one day.

“We look forward to welcoming the clubs and their players to Stadiwm ZipWorld in the near future so they can watch us in action at our new home.”