Home | 26 March 2017 | Attendance: 276
Rhyl's hopes of Dafabet Welsh Premier League survival were hit by two goals from Newtown in an 8 minute spell in a match where the Lilywhites failed to take their chances.
The match got off to a slow start with Newtown having the better of the early opportunities with Goodwin going close for the visitors before the hosts began to gain control of the half. The first chance came in the 13th minute when James Jones crossed in a dangerous ball which Oliver Buckley met, but Jack Perry in the Newtown got down well to stop the chance. Shortly afterwards a corner was cleared which resulted in a Michael Walsh chance going wide.
The hosts continued to press and following a booking for Shane Sutton the free kick from Toby Jones was cleared but he was on hand to send the ball back into the box but Alex Jones touch saw the ball lift over the bar much to the relief of the visitors. 6 minutes later there Rhyl had three quick opportunities as Chris Rimmer, Alex Jones and Buckley all had chances to score as the Newtown defence held firm with Craig Williams in the Newtown defence somehow hooking the ball away yards away from the goal line. In the 39th minute Buckley's pace saw him free of the defence but his shot went over and then 2 minutes before the break good play in midfield saw Alex Jones lay the ball off for Kristian Pierce coming in from the left but his shot failed to find the target.
The second half started in similar vein, the pace of Buckley almost getting on the end of a long ball and then Buckley played in Alex Jones but he was unable to convert from a tight angle in the 58th minute. Gradually the visitors came into the match and after all the chances for the hosts the visitors were able to take the lead. A defensive error handed over possesion to the visitors and play down the Newtown left saw sub Joe Kenton drive into the box and his shot went in past Lavercombe. Rhyl began to chase an equaliser and inevitably ex Lilywhite Jason Oswell was on hand to double the visitors lead as he met a cross from Nick Rushton from the left and finished comfortably past Lavercombe.
In the last 10 minutes the Lilywhites pushed forward to get back into the game but no clear chances fell to them leaving the visitors with the three points which secured their Dafabet Welsh Premier League status for next season but left Rhyl's firmly in the balance.
Arguably the first half was on of the most positive 45 minutes for the Lilywhites this season, bar the finishing. After a cagey opening they created chance after chance, on a different day they could have gone in at half time comfortably in the lead.
Ex's continue to haunt Rhyl
It was almost inevitable that Jason Oswell would score. Last time out it was Ashley Ruane and this time Jason Oswell as recent ex-players seem to find the target against Rhyl almost every time this season.
Everything to play for
The Manager was defiant in his views that Rhyl can stay up - we play Airbus on the 8th and a win that afternoon will send the visitors down and send Rhyl out the bottom 2. Aberystwyth play Llandudno away the following day whilst Rhyl travel to Aberystwyth on Good Friday. That clash on Good Friday could determine which side goes down this season.