CPD Y Rhyl 1879 failed to return to winning ways following their 6-1 midweek thumping at Flint Mountain as they were held to a goalless home draw by Brickfield Rangers at Belle Vue on Saturday (March 23).

The Lilywhites set up playing towards the Grange Road end in the first half, which proved to be 45 minutes of few opportunities, as the hosts struggled for quality in the final third.

On 17 minutes, there was further disappointment as experienced forward Mark Roberts came off second best in a 50/50 challenge.


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Unable to continue, Roberts was replaced by veteran Jonny Taylor.

Taylor had the most notable effort of the first half, with a direct free kick destined for the bottom left corner, only for visiting keeper Josh Cooke to save it well despite seeing it late.

The first half continued with no further clear-cut opportunities to ensure that the sides went in level at the break.

Brickfield tried to and catch Rhyl on the counter-attack, with their 11 players often behind the ball for the majority of the second half, and they proved difficult for the hosts to break them down.

Further disappointment for Rhyl struck with 56 minutes played when club captain Reece Fairhurst suffered a serious injury, and was replaced by the experienced James Hay.

There were a few clear-cut opportunities throughout the remainder of the second half, with Rhyl camping in Rangers’ half with attack after attack.

But the game finished goalless with the points shared, despite Brickfield breaking free with two minutes to go looking to seal the win, but their rare chance came to nothing.

Rhyl manager Gareth Thomas was left hugely frustrated after the game after seeing his side fire blanks despite all of their dominant possession.

He said: “It just wasn’t good enough. Ryan (Woods, Rhyl goalkeeper) has barely made a save and we just couldn’t finish any of our chances.”

Next for the Lilywhites is the visit of Felinheli to Belle Vue, on Saturday, March 30 (2.30pm kick-off).