Striker Forbes keeps a clean sheet in cup


Aaron Haley

RHYL FC made short work of Waterloo Rovers in the second round of the Welsh Cup, seeing off the mid-Wales side 5-0 despite playing without a recognised goalkeeper.

Striker Dave Forbes was forced into emergency action in the Lilywhites nets, but a Steve Lewis brace and strikes from Liam Benson, Marc Evans and Tom Rowlands ensured Greg Strong’s men are in the hat for the third round.

Greg said: “I don’t think you can take anyone lightly in the cup, so it was pleasing to come away with the win, particularly as we had to play Dave Forbes in goal.

“We have three goalkeepers at the club, and Alex Ramsey couldn’t play because of the terms of his loan deal. Our second choice keeper was ill, despite our best efforts to get him through, and our reserve keeper wasn’t available.

“It was just one of those freak days, but Dave did a great job in goal. He’s already had a go at Alex telling him he’s got a 100% record now, and some of the lads have said he did a better job in goal than up front!”

After an even opening, Lewis got the ball rolling with the opener after 30 minutes, sweeping in after Marc Evans’ initial effort was saved by Matthew McWinnie.

A vicious 30-yard effort from Benson five minutes from the break confirmed Rhyl’s dominance, and Evans added the third mid-way through the second half.

In the final minute Lewis got his second with a perfectly aimed volley, and there was still time for Tom Rowlands to add a fifth in stoppage time.

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