Home | 16 April 2017
On a weekend when the Rhyl First team were almost certainly relegated by Aberystwyth Town in a do or die relegation scrap, Rhyl Ladies gained revenge by putting Aberystwyth Town Ladies in the bottom two of the Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League in the penultimate weekend of the season.
Knowing a win was required for survival the hosts made a nervy start with the consequences of defeat probably resting on their shoulders. However for all Aber’s possession Yasmin Mills in the Rhyl goal wasn’t called into serious action as the defence kept the visitors at bay.
The turning point came late on in the first half. Good midfield play gave Rachael Nattrass the opportunity to test Aber keeper Katie Christopher from long range and the shot went past the despairing keeper who was unable to fully stop the shot as it went over the line. Rhyl Ladies grew in confidence and finished the half in confident fashion.
At the start of the second half Aber came out strong knowing that a defeat would place them in the bottom 2 of the table but Rhyl weathered the initial storm and then began to look dangerous. They were rewarded after 55 minutes when once again Rebecca Bannister was able to fire past Christopher in the Aber goal to double the host’s advantage.
Six minutes later and the hosts had one hand on WWPL safety as Emily Jones was played in down the Rhyl left and she advanced in on Christopher and finished calmly to put the ball in the right hand corner of the net and send Rhyl 3-0 up.
With 5 minutes left on the clock Rachael Nattrass saw Katie Christopher off her line and placed her shot out of Christopher’s grasp and into the top of the net to seal a 4-0 win which takes Rhyl Ladies out of the bottom 2 on goal difference and leaves Aberystwyth in the bottom 2 at the conclusion of their season.
Next Sunday, Rhyl travel to Cardiff City Ladies knowing that they need to avoid a 15-0 defeat to preserve their Orchard Welsh Premier Women’s League status.
After the game Rhyl Ladies Manager Tom Jamieson reflected on the response of his team to the pressure situation they found themselves in. He stated that “today's result gives us a real opportunity to continue to play at the highest level in women's football domestically, the ladies certainly rose to the pressure of today's game needing to win which they did in impressive style ,we now look forward to Cardiff City away in our last game of the season.”
Rhyl Line Up
Yasmin Mills, Alaw Davies Smith, Kim Sands, Emily Jones, Rebecca Bannister, Paige Williams, Lucy Vaughan, Cassandra Thomas, Ashleigh Mills, Laura Williams, Racheal Nattrass.
Subs - Used - Amy Webster, Rachel Lloyd, Caroline Gardner - Unused - Joy Jamieson