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Ten-man Rhyl stretch lead at top

Published date: 17 January 2013 |
Published by: Tomos Hughes
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TEN-MAN Rhyl once again proved their title credentials as they produced a steely performance to overcome the challenge of Flint Town United in a 2-0 verdict.

The three points extends the Lilywhites’ lead at the summit of the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance to 11 points over Caersws, who went down to a second defeat in as many weeks, in a 4-2 verdict against Conwy Borough.

The victory also extends the side’s unbeaten league run to 19 games, as they look primed for a return to the Welsh Premier League.

In front of a healthy Cae-y-Castell crowd, Greg Strong’s men began in the ascendancy, and were in front after just seven minutes when Dave Forbes benefitted after home keeper Mike Jones failed to clear, to slot a low shot into the back of the net.

Jones found the side netting with his header on 37 minutes, before the match took an important twist six minutes later, when Steve Lewis was given his marching orders after incurring his second yellow card.

Flint pushed the depleted Lilywhites at the start of the second period, and Ramsay pulled off another vital save on 54 minutes from a Paul Williams drive.
After the hosts had a penalty claim turned down, Rhyl doubled their advantage on 64 minutes when Mark Powell’s shot beat Mike Jones in goal.

This took the wind out of United’s sails, and the Lilywhites’ rearguard managed to hold out for the remainder to secure another important win for Greg Strong’s men.

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