Away | 30 September 2016 | Attendance: 175
It was a tale of revenge of the ex's as 3 former Rhyl strikers got on the scoresheet to inflict a 4-3 defeat on Rhyl.
Despite a bright start and an early Rob Hughes opening it was the Druids who took the lead in the 6th minute. Aaron Bowen received the ball wide on the Rhyl right and after drifting past Jamie Brewerton the ex Rhyl striker placed a spectular shot from outside the area in to the top corner past a helpless Owen Evans. Ashley Ruane had two chances to get on the scoresheet, with one hitting the side netting and the second producing a fine Owen Evans save. However he took the third opportunity in the 22nd Minute with muted celebrations from the ex Rhyl striker. Rhyl's misery of returning ex's was compounded further in the 34th minute as Michael Pritchard picked up a cleared header and placed the ball from the edge of the area into the top corner again leaving Owen Evans helpless in the Rhyl goal.
With Rhyl 3-0 down they swiftly got back into the match a minute later when a cross from Toby Jones was met by Alex Jones inside the six yard box and he headed in past Michael Jones to leave the Lilywhites 2 behind at half time.
Niall McGuinness rang the changes at half time with Carl Lamb and Oliver Buckley replacing Rob Hughes and Kristian Pierce and this brought about an improvement in the fortunes of Rhyl. In the 51st minute Carl Lamb was judged to be fouled inside the area but Rio Ahmadi's spot kick was saved by Michael Jones. From the resultant corner Druids failed to clear and Aaron Simpson was on hand to fire home from close range to bring the Lilywhites back into the match.
Rhyl continued to apply the pressure and drew level in the 67th minute from a well worked goal. Good link work on the Rhyl right put Ahmadi in plenty of space and a great cross found Carl Lamb at the near post and his bullet header drew Rhyl level. At this stage both sides pressed forward for the winner and in the 76th minute Jamie Brewerton was judged to have interfered with Steve Blenkinsop when making a clearance and referee Dean John pointed to the spot. Ashley Ruane slotted home the spot kick.
Rhyl continued to press on for the equaliser but despite strong pressure were unable to convert the half chances and Druids held on to claim all three points and the double over the Lilywhites following their earlier win in August.