FIVE-STAR Rhyl earned themselves a mouth-watering Welsh Cup fourth round clash with TNS after hammering Aberystwyth 5-2.
Greg Strong’s men were more than a match for their Welsh Premier League opponents in front of the Scorio cameras, as Russell Courtney and Paul McManus opened up a 2-1 lead at the break before second half strikes from Danny Hughes, Steve Lewis and McManus again sealed the result of the round.
Strong said he was delighted with the win, and said his charges were ready for their tough date at Park Hall.
“I’m delighted with how we got on, we were excellent against a good Welsh Premiership side,” he said. “I think they were on a run of four games unbeaten, but we just did what we have been all season, and it definitely was not a fluke.
“I don’t think you could pick out one player who was the best - right the way from our new keeper to the lads up front, we were fantastic. It’s groundhog day for us.
"We beat Neath who were second at the time and got TNS, and then last year we beat Newtown and got Llanelli, and this is another tough one.
"We’re looking forward to it though, it’s a chance to play against who are supposedly the best.
“I know it’s a cliche, but anything can happen in the cup - who knows, we could have a good day and they could have a bad one.
Aber took the lead after 15 minutes, but two rapid-fire goals at the end of the half gave Rhyl the lead at the break, as captain Courtney headed home and McManus netted from the spot after Marc Evans was brought down.
Hughes snaffled in the third after Dave Forbes hit the bar, and though Aber pulled one back, Lewis and McManus, again from the spot, secured the win.
Only suspended Steve Lewis is out for this weekend’s trip to Guilsfield, and Strong said he was glad of his squad’s strength in depth.
“It’s another challenge, but we’ve got great competition for places throughout the side.
“The lads have brought into the idea that we’re a squad, not 11 players, and as a manger it’s great to be able to have a look and pick players for different occasions.”