On Good Friday Rhyl travel to Aberystwyth Town (kick off 7.45pm) in the ultimate six pointer between the two sides most likely to be at risk of joining Airbus in heading through the Dafabet Welsh Premier League trap door. The equation is simple, the Lilywhites cannot afford to lose. Defeat will mean relegation after 4 seasons in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League. A win or draw will mean it goes down to the last day of the season.
Current Table - Dafabet Welsh Premier League Bottom 6 as of 13th April 2017
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We met up with Niall McGuinness to get a flavour of the mood in the camp ahead of the crucial game and seek an update on the injury status for Steve Lewis ahead of the match.
Over the last three seasons we have visited Park Avenue on 5 occasions in the league and regrettably this has resulted in 5 defeats. Indeed since our return to the Dafabet Welsh Premier League we have faced the seasiders on 11 occasions and the 3-1 win at the Corbett Sports Stadium is our only victory against Aber. However this represents a massive change in fortunes. Prior to that Aberystwyth went nearly 10 years without beating Rhyl. After their 2-0 win in February 2000 Aber failed to beat the Lilywhites in 21 occasions until we were demoted at the end of the 2010 season. Rhyl’s last win at Park Avenue in the league was a 3-2 win in 2006 when a double from Andy Moran a blast from Gareth Wilson secured three points to put Rhyl top of the table in early September.
A more positive trip to Park Avenue occurred in December 2012 in the Welsh Cup during Rhyl’s Huw’s Gray Alliance Championship winning season. A shock 5-2 win was claimed by the Lilywhites who conceded an early goal but then came back from goals by Russ Courtney, Paul McManus and Danny Hughes put Rhyl 3-1 up. The hosts pulled one back but then two further goals secured a great cup victory for the Lilywhites.
This Season's Form
So far this season has proved to be a relative disappointment for the seasiders from Ceredigion. After a positive start the absence of home matches whilst the 3G pitch was installed impacted on their form with their first "home" win of the season coming against the Lilywhites in their 4-0 victory on the opening night for their new 3G pitch. Two further home wins were secured against Airbus and Newtown before the end of the first phase split which saw Aber occupy 8th place – a place and 2 points ahead of Rhyl – the gap that continues to separate the two teams.
Both sides probably had ambitions of challenging for 7th place but the form of Newtown and Cefn Druids has plunged both sides into a relegation scrap as they have both picked up 8 points from their 8 matches in Phase 2. After Rhyl's win last Saturday against Airbus which lifted them out of the bottom 2, Aber responded straight away with a 2-0 win against Llandudno the following day to reverse the places again.
For those making the 85 mile trip down to Aberystwyth on Good Friday, admission to Park Avenue is £6 for adults, £4 for concessions, £1 for Children over 11 and free for under 11’s.