GREG Strong is looking for a positive response from his team after a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Llandudno dented the Lilywhites’ title prospects.
A wonder goal from Llandudno debutant Steve Morrison proved the difference between the two sides as Rhyl’s usually razor-sharp forward line was blunted by a resolute visiting defence.
Strong said that he was looking for a response from his side in this weekend’s Welsh Cup clash with Llanelli, but remained positive despite Connah’s Quay opening up a four point gap at the top of the Huws Gray Alliance after thrashing Rhos Aelwyd 6-0.
“I think on the day there were too many people who were below what they can produce, but we’ll just have to move on,” he said.
“I can only think that, without being disrespectful, it was one of those games we were expected to win and one you can slip up in.
“Apart from their goal our keeper’s not got his gloves dirty, which from our point of view is disappointing, and our forwards didn’t do enough to break them down.
“Football is football, and there’s plenty that will happen between now and the end of the season. It’s all about how we respond.”
Morrison’s 30 yard screamer on 24 minutes proved to be the winner, though former Llandudno midfielder came close to an equaliser with a header on the stroke of half time which drifted wide, whilst Paul McManus failed to connect with Paul Mooney’s cross in the hosts’ best chance after the break.
Rhyl hope to welcome back injured skipper Russell Courtney in time for this weekend’s Llanelli clash, with the plum Welsh Cup Fourth Round tie televised on S4C at 3pm.