Rhyl's rampant display ends Llandudno jinx


Aaron Haley

RHYL smashed their jinx against Llandudno FC after a rampant second half show saw them romp to a 5-1 victory.

Greg Strong’s men, who lost both clashes with Llandudno last year, went in at half time a goal down to the determined Maesdu Park men, but a super second period, which saw Marc Evans rattle in a hat-trick, maintained their stunning form at the top of the Huws Gray Alliance.
“They made it difficult for us, putting men behind the ball, and when they scored from a set piece you wonder ‘is it going to be our day?’” Strong said.

“But the determination to get a result and to keep believing in what we’re doing was fantastic from our lads. They stuck at it, and with the options we’ve got going forward we have different ways to break sides down.”

Victory keeps Rhyl five points clear at the top of the league, but Arran Pritchard gave them a fright when he headed home a free-kick on 25 minutes.

The second half saw Rhyl return rejuvenated, and Marc Evans made it 1-1 with a far post finish after Stefan Halewood’s flick from a corner.

Paul McManus put Rhyl ahead from the spot after Paul Roberts, who was red carded for his last-man foul, brought down Dave Forbes, and Logs added his second after a defensive mix-up on the hour mark.

Evans chipped Llandudno keeper Andy Metcalf to complete his hat-trick, and Danny Hughes powered in a fifth against his old club.

Matty Woodward and Steve Lewis will both be returning for the Lilys for this weekend’s Welsh Cup clash with Waterloo Rovers, and Strong said he was anticipating a tough clash with the Mid-Wales League outfit.

“We know it’ll be a tough game, they beat Rhydymwyn 5-1 in the last round, and there are not too many sides in our league who could do that. We know they’ve got quality up front and confidence is high.

“I’ll be putting out a side I think can win the game. We’ve got great competition for places, which is fantastic for me.”

* Rhyl’s reserves cruised to a 6-1 win over Bangor City. A late Jack Higgins hat-trick put the icing on a superb win, after Niall MacGuiness, Dale Lee and Dave Collins had put them firmly in control.

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