Rhyl host Aberystwyth Town on Friday evening (kick off 7.45pm) knowing that a win over their rivals will lift them out of the bottom two in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League and provide a welcome boost to their survival hopes. From Aberystwyth's perspective a win will increase their survival chances significantly and so Friday night's match may be one of the most important matches of the season for the Lilywhites.
Niall McGuinness reported positive progress on midfielder James Bell who has been unable to play since mid January following an injury picked up in a friendly against Porthmadog. Defender Mike Sharples is also commencing his road to recovery following the injury he picked up at the end of the recent Newtown match in early February. Catch the thoughts of Niall McGuinness on the match below.
Over the last 6 matches Aberystwyth have picked up 4 points from a possible 18. This includes a point at Newtown on New Year's Eve and then a 1-0 win at home to Airbus UK at the start of the second phase. This run also includes home defeats by Cefn Druids, Cardiff Met and Llandudno and an away defeat at Cefn Druids.
Last time out
Aberystwyth came to the Corbett Sports Stadium at the end of August and were considered to be overwhelming favouites that night. The visitors had picked up 6 points from their opening 3 matches with the only loss being at TNS on the opening day. Rhyl came into the match without a win and on the back of a 10-0 defeat at The New Saints on the previous Sunday. However 4 days later the form book went out the window as the hosts picked up a remarkable 3-1 win which showed off the spirit of Niall McGuinness' young squad. The visitors took an early goal through Blake Davies but then a wonderful solo goal from Oliver Buckley and a Carl Lamb double secured the Lilywhites first win of the season.
Highlights from that match are available below