CPD Y Rhyl 1879’s FAW Amateur Trophy dreams were dashed on Saturday (January 20) after they were beaten 2-1 at home to Newport City at Belle Vue.

On 25 minutes, Newport were through on goal, but Martyn Mickiewicz collided with Rhyl goalkeeper Ryan Woods, leaving both injured and needing several minutes of treatment on the pitch.

As Mickiewicz got up, he was cautioned for his part in the collision and forced to leave the field injured, with Riccardo Mackenzie replacing him.

On the half-hour, following some good play from Rhyl, Adam Hold’s corner saw a great ball sent to Reece Fairhurst, whose shot was blocked, before Newport broke down the other end of the pitch.


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The Rhyl defence martialled Calum Bateman well, but just as he was getting shepherded out of the penalty box, he was brought down by Casey Faulkner, winning a penalty.

Bateman would step up to take, but his penalty soared over the bar, to the jubilation of the home faithful.

On 38 minutes, the deadlock was broken, when Newport’s James Bloom fired the ball across the goal, hitting the bar and is cleared, only for the assistant referee to flag, saying the ball crossed the line.

The Lilywhites finally got the equaliser they deserve in the 91st minute.

Ryan Woods sent a stunning ball over from the right straight into the path of Adam Hold, who broke the offside trap, before calmly taking the ball down and slotting it in to the net, sending the Belle Vue crowd into delirium.

But shortly after the euphoria, the crowd was silenced, as Bateman left the tired Rhyl defence standing, as he broke the offside trap for the first time in the game.

One-on-one with Woods, he calmly slotted the ball to the his right to win the tie for Newport City.

Rhyl will look to regain their league form when they travel to Hawarden Rangers on Saturday (January 27), kicking off at 2pm.