CPD Y Rhyl 1879 finally took part in their inaugural fixture after months of disruption due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The newly formed club welcomed Ardal Northern League side, St Asaph City, to Belle Vue on Saturday for their first friendly fixture, which was held behind closed doors in keeping with the current restrictions in place.

A thoroughly entertaining affair went the way of the Saints, who overcame the home side 1-0.

1879 manager Gareth Thomas, said: “I was just glad to finally get out there.

“We looked okay in parts, but we showed a lack of game time, rusty with the final ball, creativity in the final third. But overall, I’m happy considering it was the first time we had played together as a team with several players missing.”

An even opening to the game was turned on its head when Jay Williams played a neat through ball to Josh Brown despite offside claims for the hosts, and the striker made no mistake with the finish past Ryan Roberts to put the visitors ahead.

Miles Todd and Dan Lloyd went close in quick succession midway through the half for the home side, with former St Asaph midfielder Mikey Walsh firing a free-kick narrowly over just after the break.

Brown had a golden opportunity to double his tally when he was sent through on goal, but he was unable to make the most out of the opening.

Reece Fairhurst came within inches of a leveller late on, which did not come despite some considerable pressured from the home side in the dying moments.

City manager Daniel Brewerton said: “It felt good to be back out there with the lads and obviously it was nice to be part of that occasion for the new Rhyl’s first-ever game. It was really well organised and you can see that a lot of hard work has gone into getting the club back up and running, but with all the restrictions in place, we had to adapt a lot of things.

“Knowing we only had one sub and hadn’t played a 90-minute game since the start of March meant we had to approach the game in a different way, but I though the lads did really well under those conditions.

“We know that we were sloppy with the ball at times, especially in the second half when the tiredness was really showing but off the ball, they did everything we asked of them.”