Away | 14 January 2017 | Attendance: 384
Rhyl finished the first phase of the Dafabet Welsh Premier League in the same fashion as they started it with an entertaining draw against Llandudno, at a wet Giants Hospitality Stadium. With Niall McGuinness handing club debuts to Goalkeeper Dan Lavercombe, full back James Jones, midfielder Jack Abraham and winger Alun Webb, who has just signed following a promising pre-season back in the summer, together with the return of Steve Lewis up front, the away side could have been forgiven for a slow start given the number of changes since the last Bala match. However McGuinness side were competitive from the first minute and had the most of the early exchanges.
The Lilywhites took the lead in the 15th minute after a Toby Jones touch found Alex Jones on the edge of the box and he powered into the area beating the defender to calmly slot the ball past Dave Roberts in the Llandudno goal to put the Lilywhites in front. The away side continued to look comfortable in possession as the hosts failed to create any opportunities in the first 30 minutes. A Llandudno break down the right hand side enabled them to get behind the Rhyl defence but the advancing forwards failed to get the touch to grab the equaliser. However the equaliser came minutes later as a James Joyce free kick was floated into the box and Jamie Reed was on hand to equalise from close range in the 36th minute.
The second half continued in a similar pattern with the visitors comfortable in midfield and creating opportunities. One of these was taken advantage of in the 60th minute. Following great work by Toby Jones down the Rhyl right, the ball came into the Llandudno 6 yard box and once again Alex Jones was on hand to force the ball home and put the Lilywhites back in the lead.
Over the next 15 minutes the visitors remained comfortable with Llandudno seeking to break back into the match in their search for a top 6 finish and long range efforts from Ashley Young and Toby Jones failed to trouble Dave Roberts. As it looked like the Lilywhites might hold on for a deserved 3 points, in the 84th minute a long range James Joyce shot found the bottom corner to bring the hosts back into the match.
In the last few minutes both sides pressed on to gain a winner and late in injury time sub Sion Edwards, also making his debut, found space in the penalty area but he was unable to hit the target as his shot went over to ensure both sides had a share of the spoils.