Rhyl left frustrated by call-off


Tomos Hughes

RHYL FC manager Greg Strong believes his side will ‘let their frustrations go’ against Rhydymwyn this Saturday after last weekend’s big match against The New Saints was called off. 

The Lilywhites had prepared extensively for their planned Welsh Cup trip to Park Hall, with extra training sessions on a 3G pitch held to get used to the artificial Park Hall surface. 

However, a heavy snowfall in Oswestry put paid to the prospect of any football being played, with the pitch, car park and surrounding roads being blanketed with snow and ice. 

The game will now be played on Tuesday, February 5, despite efforts to have it staged this weekend. 

Manager Greg Strong said: “I was disappointed that the game was off. We were 100 per cent ready for them and I think a lot of fans and people involved with the club were frustrated as well.” 

Rhyl FC general manager Mike Jones said: “We’re very disappointed that the game was called off. 

“It was going to be our biggest game of the season, maybe the biggest of the Welsh season. 

“We’re at a bit of a disadvantage now, our lads are plasterers, electricians, shop assistants, who have to work all day on the Tuesday, whereas maybe the TNS players can have a bit of a lie in and relax.” 

The Lilywhites now turn their attention back to Huws Gray Alliance action this weekend, and Strong hopes his side can display their ruthless side as they bid to make it 21 wins from 21 games in league competition this season. 

He added: “It’s a big game, they’re all ready for a game, and they can let their frustrations go this weekend. 

“We’ve got a lot of competition in the squad and everyone will be wanting to get back into it this weekend. 

“It’s down to us to get the right results. We have 10 games to go now, and if we can play well in those games, then we’ll be all right.” 

Rhyl host Rhydymwyn this Saturday February 2 (kick off 2.30pm), before travelling to Oswestry for the re-arranged Welsh Cup tie on Tuesday February 5 (kick off 7.45pm). Should the Lilywhites succeed then they face a long haul to Haverfordwest County in the next round.

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