Away | 19 November 2016 | Attendance: 245
Rhyl returned to winning ways after nearly 2 months without a victory in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League. The visitors made a lively start and created chances from the start of the match with Toby Jones going close in the 2nd minute with an attempted lofted finish and then on two occasions Rob Hughes failing to make the most of good work by Tom Hartley down the Rhyl left. In the 16th minute the impressive Alex Jones was able to play the ball in from the Rhyl right of the penalty area to Carl Lamb and the striker took full advantage putting Rhyl into a deserved lead. A couple of minutes later Rhyl had the chance to double the advantage when a penalty was awarded after Carl Lamb was brought down but a Toby Jones penalty was saved by Ryan Nield in the Airbus goal.
Hopes of a comeback by Airbus were dashed in the 22nd minute as a rash challenge on Rob Hughes by Airbus dangerman Tony Gray saw referee Richard Harrington have no hesitation in showing red for Gray. The sending off seem to knock Rhyl out of their stride and few chances were created until the end of the half. First a shot from the edge of the area from Hughes hit the bar and skipper Stefan Halewood was unable to turn the rebound in but then almost immediately afterwards hesitation from the Airbus defence allowed Hughes to race towards goal and shoot firmly past Nield to double the advantage.
As the second half got underway the visitors stepped up the pressure and 11 minutes into the half Carl Lamb grabbed his second after good work from Hughes and the striker calmly beat Nield from a tight angle to put the Lilywhites 3-0 up.
The visitors continued to create chances with Toby Jones hitting the cross bar in the 61st minute and as the match came towards the close Airbus began to create a few chances and on the occasion they were to get past the Rhyl defence the post intervened to enable the Lilywhites to claim their first clean sheet on the road in the league since New Years Day and their first Dafabet Welsh Premier League away win since October 2015. The only disappointing note was a late injury to double scorer Carl Lamb who left the field ironically in injury time with a damaged elbow.
Hear the post match reaction from Manager Niall McGuinness and midfielder James Bell below:-