RHYL got their JD Cymru North campaign back on track with a superb 2-1 victory at Ruthin Town.

The Lilywhites’ ended a run of three straight defeats with a vital three points on their travels, with the return from a long absence of defender Reece Fairhurst another massive boost for the depleted squad.

Eddie Maurice-Jones’ side have another tremendous chance to make it back-to-back triumphs this weekend when they host basement dwellers Llanfair United, which is their final fixture before a JD Welsh Cup fourth round clash at Newtown on January 25.

The Lilies’ boss, said: “It was a really good performance and I am made up for the boys.

“We showed plenty of grit and determination, and I thought we deserved it in very tough conditions.

“We pushed on after the penalty save and were unplayable at times after a difficult few weeks.

“Three weeks ago we might have lost that but it shows where we are at now with a number of strong characters coming back.”

Things looked bleak for the visitors early on when Town were awarded a penalty on eight minutes following a foul on Llyr Morris, but the prolific forward fluffed his lines from the spot after his effort was superbly saved by Rory Crowther.

This provoked the Lilies’ into life and they got their noses in front on 20 minutes thanks to a sensational strike from Danny Sullivan, who drilled a 25-yard shot past Ryan Goldston to give his side a slender cushion.

Chris Hardy’s men were dealt another blow on 26 minutes when Garmon Hafal was shown a red card due to a dangerous tackle on Dave McIntyre, and the away side took full advantage of their numerical superiority with 36 on the clock when gifted teenager Mason Blackwell-Jones netted his first senior goal for the club after fine work in the build-up by Tommy Creamer.

The second period began with Sullivan receiving his marching orders for a second bookable offence on 51 minutes, and a nervy ending to proceedings was assured when Tom Dyer’s exceptional free kick on 78 gave Crowther no chance and halved the deficit.

A stunning challenge from Ben Nash denied Tomos Jones a certain leveller in the dying stages as the visitors held on for their first league win since mid-November.