Home | 16 July 2016
A North Wales clash against Wrexham AFC proved to be an entertaining affair as the visitor’s ran out eventual winners in a 1-2 victory.
Despite the loss, the Lilywhites will take a lot of encouragement from this pre-season friendly with some resilient defending and composed play being positive factors.
Rhyl were immediately under a lot of early pressure but defended well and contained the Wrexham forwards to half chances and long shots.
The away side, backed by a large following, finally struck though, with Rooney drilling a low 20 yard shot into the bottom corner.
Wrexham were comfortable in possession and managed to threaten the Rhyl goal on a couple more occasions with Askew needing to push Rooney’s curling free kick away before Rooney again fired wide from 20 yards.
As the half neared its end, Powell had a well worked chance undone by his own team mate when he cut in from the left wing to fire a shot towards the bottom corner, only for it to hit a team mate and bobble out for a Rhyl goal kick.
Just before the half time whistle, Rhyl who had grown into the game as the half went on registered their first attempt on goal as Halewood’s looping header was saved by Jalal.
Wrexham started the second half strongly and could have been two ahead within minutes but for a combination of Halewood and Hartley blocking a point blank shot on the goal line.
Bakare then thought he had scored the visitor’s second with a powerful header from a corner before the referee disallowed the goal for a foul in the area.
Evans then stung the hands of Askew with a powerful long drive before the visitors doubled their advantage; Rooney grabbing his second goal of the game with a curling shot into the top corner.
Rhyl who had played some nice composed football before the goal showed great character to instantly hit back, Tom Hartley curling a 25 yard free kick beyond the keeper and into the top corner 15 minutes from time.
It was then the Lilywhites who finished the game strongest, spurning two decent chances, first no7; a Rhyl trialist fired over in the box from a Buckley lay off before Buckley himself shot over from 20 yards in the games last chance.
Overall it was a good performance from a Rhyl side which featured a lot of new players; plenty of encouraging signs from the season to come.
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