Another fantastic week for sports in North Wales has been had as teams around the area battle through the busy Christmas period.

With some upsets and one or two surprises, NorthWales.com takes a look at some of the biggest stories over the past 7 days.

Football

After a patchy start to their season, Wrexham were always going to find it hard to continue their cup form and so it proved as the current champions went down to an agonising 2-0 defeat to Luton Town in the FA Trophy.

With the sending off of Jay Harris, it was an uphill struggle from there with the Red Dragons going down to a Mark Cullen header and an unfortunate own goal from Neil Ashton.

Manager Andy Morrell said after the defeat that they went out with a “whimper” and that they “…weren’t at it right from the start”. The positives to take from the result have to be that now the cup run is over for the North Wales side, they can turn their attentions to their league form where they sit in 15th in the table.

Rugby

Good news coming in for those from the north representing the Wales national team as it’s been announced that Warren Gatland has opted to stay on until 2019.

Players such as Scott Andrews,  Rhodri Jones and Bradley Davies will no doubt be delighted that the long-standing and highly-successful has extended his tenure with the Red Dragons after helping the team to reach the upper echelons of the sport. Grand slams in 2008 and 2012 has seen the New Zealand born coach become a fond favourite among the Welsh support.

Although Gatland has obligations to the Lions squad too, this capture represents a steady future for Welsh rugby for the coming years.

Other Sport

The Welsh Powerlifting Championships of late has seen a lot of success for strongmen from the north with 7 individuals going on to collect titles.

Wales’ strongest man, Simon Johnson, battled it out in Swansea for the title and set new records in the process. Dayle Longford, his training accomplice, also set a new record for his weight with plenty of success in the women’s category as well with victories for Nicola Polley and Chelsea Symonds-Roberts.

Elsewhere in darts, previous champion Mark Webster is looking to continue on with his fantastic form when he takes part in the World Championship: an event he won back in 2008.

A slip in results has seen Webster freefall down the rankings but after some positive victories in grand slams, he could be about to get back to his very best.

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