Rhyl FC
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The Lilywhites
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Bala Town

Home | 30 December 2016 | Attendance: 307

Match Report

Rhyl bounce back to celebrate the New Year with a hard fought 2-0 win over Bala Town at the Corbett Sports.

Recently beaten 6-1 by the same opponents, the Lilywhites went out with a point to prove and took the initiative through Toby Jones' first half goal before Alex Jones added a second to give Rhyl the victory.

The visitors started brightly but failed to make their pressure count - Rhyl soon grew into the game and looked dangerous in the final third.

The Lilywhites pressure paid off when Toby Jones opened the scoring with a poked finish into the bottom corner after latching onto a lobbed through ball.

A frantic couple of minutes saw Bala go close twice, first a point blank header fell wide before Owen Evans saved a back post header.

The Lilywhites doubled their advantage though when possibly the smallest player on the pitch, Alex Jones rose like a salmon and headed powerfully beyond Morris and into the net for 2-0.

Bala responded again but were denied again by Evans who saved well from Connolly's low shot, the Bala player had looked certain to score after being found in a acres of space in the box.

The second half saw Rhyl firmly gain control of the match, limiting any chances for Bala whilst looking creating chances of their own - Alex Jones could have grabbed his second but the ball got caught under his feet and the keeper collected from just yards out.

Carl Lamb then drew a good low save Morris as Rhyl sought to put the game beyond the away sides reach.

The visitors though were awarded a golden route back into the match when Sharples was adjudged to have handled a cross despite being extremely close to the player at the time.

The penalty however, was smashed over the bar by Lee Hunt - the shot summed up the frustrating night for Bala.

Owen Evans then saved from point blank range to deny Bala again in the dying seconds - earning his clean sheet and rounding off 2016 with a great win.

 

 

Photos courtesy of Chesterton Photography

Match Photo's

Match Stats

Starting Line Up

GK Owen Evans
DF Stefan Halewood
DF Aaron Simpson
DF Mike Sharples
DF Tom Hartley
MD Alex Jones (89')
MD James Bell
MD Kristian Pierce (83')
MD Ashley Young
ST Carl Lamb
ST Toby Jones

Substitutes

GK Rory Crowther
DF Luke Fitzpatrick
DF Dan Collins
MD Mike Walsh (89')
MD Zyaac Edwards (83')
ST Oliver Buckley
ST Iwan Murray