CPD Y Rhyl 1879 dug deep to clinch a vital 2-1 away league win at Bethesda Athletic on Saturday (March 9).

In the week that saw Rhyl first team regular depart Sion Williams depart for St Asaph, the hosts came into the match off the back of a 4-0 win against Hawarden Rangers seven days earlier.

The dead lock was broken in the 21st minute - after Chris Bennett found Sam Ashton out wide, he was able to send in a floating ball into the box.


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Jonny Taylor, despite having two defenders on him, got up and headed the ball down low and under the feet of Gethin Hughes to put Rhyl ahead.

Leigh Craven would not make it back out for Rhyl after the break; the midfielder, having worked tirelessly in the first half, picked up a knock that saw him replaced by Luke Griffin.

From the kick-off, Rhyl caught Bethesda sleeping, and a wonderful move from midfield saw Callum Parry play a one-two with Taylor.

Through on goal, he entered the box only for Osian Hughes to bring him down, and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Parry would step up to take and dispatched the penalty low to Hughes’ left to double Rhyl’s lead.

It would only take three minutes for Bethesda to halve the deficit, though.

A well-worked move down the left saw Daniel Hughes pass Chris Bennett, send in the ball into the box, and watch the ball sneak in the far post.

But Rhyl held on to seal the three points, with manager Gareth Thomas praising his side after the match.

Thomas said: “That wasn’t pretty; in fact, it has a horrible game to watch, but it’s hard work the lads put in that got us the three points.”

He went on to praise all his players, but highlighted the particular impact of captain Reece Fairhurst, youngster Kieran Baker and goalkeeper Ryan Woods.

Next up for Rhyl will be a home match against Holyhead Hotspur on March 16 (kick-off 2.30pm).