Gresford had to dig deep to get the three points against an excellent Ruthin Town side. The three points has moved Gresford up two places in the league to 9th place.
The first half was a fairly even contest with fairly few clear cut chances. Gresford thought themselves aggrieved when Dave Macintyre threaded the ball to Obi Anoruo who broke away into the box and seemed to be be pulled down by Tomos Roberts.
Ruthin it was who went ahead on 18 minutes after Gresford made a mess of building up play and Ruthin's high press won the ball on the left hand side and the ball broke to Llyr Morris who was free in the box to fire past Mike Platt and take his tally to 15 league goals. Gresford however continued to work hard and got level just before half time. Josh Griffiths excellent battling in midfield freed Mike Latham who drove forward before hitting a great right to left diagonal ball which found Tom Freeman on the left handside of the box, His inch perfect cross was meet on the back post by Obi to make it 1-1. It was Gresford who nearly went in 2-1 up after mis kick by goal keeper Ryan Goldstone which only found the dangerous Tom Freeman who flashed a cross across the six yard box just missing Obi coming in on the back post.
Into the second half and it was Ruthin who were the most dominant their high press, and possession of the ball creating all kinds of problems. Will Owen was causing all kinds of problems for the Gresford defence, Llyr Morris was a constant threat and Osain Davies was very impressive in midfield. Mike Platt had to be at his best to keep out Morris when through on goal and Jack Jones later had to clear off the line when it looked certain Ruthin would get the lead. It was however Gresford who took the lead when Max Peate hit a diagonal pass to Tom Freeman who broke free and slotted past Golstone from a tight angle. This promoted a change from Halliwell who brought on Jack Chalinor for Mike Latham and Aaron Edwards, and Simon Smith for Owen Roberts, and goalscorer Tom Freeman. It was sub Simon Smith who came closest to scoring with a fine chip which Goldstone managed to tip over the bar. Gresford hung on to the points in what wasn't their best display but a battling one.