1997/8

With Rhayader Town joining the League of Wales Holywell Town returned to the Cymru Alliance in the opposite direction.

Only Rhos Aelwyd were relegated, after the membership of both Lex XI and Ruthin Town, for off-the-field and football reasons respectively, appeared to be in danger during the close season. The Ponciau Park outfit were replaced by Welsh Alliance champions Glantraeth and Chrik AAA, winners of the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area).  

At the halfway stage in the season, Cefn Druids, Holywell Town, Knighton Town and Rhydymwyn were leading at the top of the table. As the campaign moved towards its climax, the Bryn-y-Castell outfit slipped out of the title race, leaving the other three to battle it out for the championship. Rhydymwyn’s 4-1 home victory over Holywell Town sealed the title for the Vicarage Road club, in only their third season in the Cymru Alliance.  

The Halkyn Road club did have the consolation of finishing as runners-up, earning promotion back to the League of Wales at the first time of asking, and also defeating Oswestry Town in the League Cup final. Elsewhere, Llandrindod Wells overwhelmed Montgomeryshire Amateur Leaguers Llanrhaeadr 8-0 in the Central Wales Challenge Cup final, but Penycae were on the wrong end of a 7-1 score line when they met Wrexham Reserves in the North East Wales Challenge Cup final. Knighton Town had their most successful campaign since winning the Mid Wales League in 1992/93, finishing fourth and reaching the last sixteen of the Welsh Cup, a run which included a 4-1 victory over then League of Wales club Conwy United, before losing 8-0 at home to Barry Town.

The Cymru Alliance was well represented in the Third Round f the Welsh Cup as Cefn Druids, Holywell Town, Lex XI, Mold Alexandra and Ruthin Town all reached this stage of the competition.