Rhyl travel to Latham Park on Saturday afternoon (kick off 2.30pm) looking for a swift response to the disappointment of last Saturday's defeat to Cefn Druids in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League. Niall McGuinness was clearly very disappointed with his sides performance last weekend and he stated that he expected changes ahead to the starting XI ahead of Saturday's match. One definate change for the Lilywhites will occur as left sided winger Sion Edwards has been recalled by Bangor City from his loan spell with Rhyl. With a six match suspension for Gary Roberts and an injury to Lawrence Wilson, the citizens have bolstered their options through Sion's recall.
Ahead of the visit to Newtown we caught up with Niall to listen to his views on the challenge ahead:-
We visited Newtown in the first phase in September and the afternoon was one of those matches where both managers would have been scratching their heads as to how they didn’t end up with three points. An early own goal gave Rhyl the lead before a Jason Oswell hat trick looked to send the hosts on their way to victory. However goals from Rio Ahmadi and Rob Hughes brought Rhyl back into the match. Despite creating numerous chances the winner didn’t come.
Newtown started the second half of the season with a 2-1 win at Llandudno last Saturday as goals from Jason Oswell and Nick Rushton enabled the Robins to get off to a good start and overtake the Lilywhites in the League Table. The Robins had a disappointing first phase of the season finishing in 11th place, a point behind today’s visitors Cefn Druids. At the end of the 1st phase they had picked up 5 points from their last 6 matches which includes their 3-1 win against Rhyl in early December. Their last match before the break saw them halt The New Saints consecutive record streak as they fought back from 3-1 down to secure a point with a 94th minute equaliser from Jamie Price.
One to Watch
Leading the line for Newtown will be ex Rhyl forward Jason Oswell. Jason joined Rhyl during the clubs time in the Huws Gray Alliance with a successful loan spell from Crewe Alexandra in the 2011/12 season. Jason’s success during this period earned him a move to the Scottish Premier League for the start of the 2012/13 season with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Unfortunately this turned out to be a brief spell and he was released in January 2013. Following a brief spell closer to his Cheshire roots at Nantwich Town he moved down under with a spell at APIA Leichhardt Tigers. Jason made the return to Rhyl in September 2013 but unlike his spell at the club in the Cymru Alliance goals were harder to come by in the Welsh Premier League with only three goals from 11 appearances. A move to Airbus failed to secure first team football and he moved to Newtown for the 2014-15 season. His first season saw a return to goalscoring form with 18 goals from 30 appearances with Jason being the second highest scorer behind Chris Venables. The following season saw Jason net 11 goals in 28 starts whilst to date this season Jason has scored 9 times from 21 appearances.
For those making the 84 mile journey the post code is SY16 1EN. Work has also started in the Newtown area for the new by-pass which may affect travel into the town.