Away | 17 December 2016 | Attendance: 265
Rhyl continued their poor disciplinary form as once again they had two players sent off in a disappointing performance at Carmarthen Town. With 4 first team players already missing through suspension the odds were against the Lilywhites who also lost Carl Lamb on the eve of the match to be with his ill father.
Carmarthen took an early lead with goals from Kyle Bassett and Mark Jones putting the Old Gold two up inside 20 minutes and in a dominant position. Rob Hughes and Mike Sharples both picked up yellow cards before the break.
The second half saw Chris Durkin replace Oliver Buckley but within 13 minutes Carmarthen were out of sight with Liam Thomas making it 3-0 for the hosts. Rhyl's afternoon was to get worse as sub Chris Durkin saw red 3 minutes later for a strong challenge and then 8 minutes later the hosts got a fourth through Declan Carroll. Shortly afterwards Mike Sharples picked up a second yellow to send the visitors down to 9 men and Liam Thomas grabbed his second in the last minute to conclude a 5-0 win victory to push the hosts into the top 6 and for the Lilywhites to be pushed closer to the relegation fight at the bottom of the league.
With Rhyl having received 6 Red cards from the last 4 matches whilst only winning 1 of the last 11 in the league the club will be hoping for a dramatic turn in fortunes over the coming weeks.
Photos courtesy of Allen Fitzpatrick