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Rhyl FC 5 - 2 Holyhead Hotspur

Home | 25 November 2017 | Attendance: 301

Rhyl maintained their unbeaten run with a 5-2 win over Holyhead Hotspur in an entertaining match at the Corbett Sports Stadium.

The hosts came into match full of confidence after 4 consecutive wins and this positivity was rewarded with an early goal. A strong run down the right hand side put Danny Holland clear and his cross found Alex Titchiner in the box. The striker controlled the ball and placed his shot past Ceirion Hall in the Holyhead goal to put the Lilywhites 1-0 up after just 5 minutes. Just seven minutes later another attack down the Rhyl right saw the advantage double. Tom Rowlands was played through and from the edge of the box he lifted his shot over the advancing Hall and the ball looped into the back of the next to put the Lilywhites 2-0 up after 12 minutes.

To the credit of the visitors the blistering start from Rhyl galvanised them into attack and they were unlucky not to grab an equaliser when James Brewerton cleared close to the line and then debutant keeper Antoni Sarnowski made a fine save to deny them. In the 19th minute Brewerton held back an advancing Holyhead attacker close to the edge of the box and was probably relieved that referee Dan Fogerty produced the yellow card. The resultant free kick looked goal bound until Sarnowski managed to turn the shot around the post. The visitors continued to apply the pressure and next it was Tony Davies who rescued the hosts with a clearance off the line.

The visitors were further punished in the 29th minute when Phil Marsh chased a through ball down the centre and a mix up in Holyhead’s defence allowed Marsh to advance on goal and he calmly placed the shot into the net to put Rhyl 3-0 up. Almost immediately from the restart a cross from the left found Marsh in space in the box but his header hit the post.

With Rhyl seemingly in control the visitors came back into the match as two minutes of mayhem changed the scoreline dramatically. A careless ball in the Rhyl midfield gave Holyhead the opportunity to break through the defence and as Sarnowski came out the ball was squared to Dewi Thomas who was able to score into an empty net. Almost a minute later Thomas was able to grab a second. Again sloppy play presented the ball to the visitors and Thomas was given a clear run through on goal and he slotted the ball past the advancing Sarnowski to reduce the deficit to 1.

As half time approached Kenleigh Owen had a fine shot saved from Sarnowski and the resultant corner wasn’t cleared with Sarnowski forced to make a point blank save to ensure Rhyl entered the break level.

Clearly interim manager Mark Connolly's half time words had an effect on the hosts as they came out of the traps fast in the second half. Brewerton was unlucky to see a header go over from a corner and then second half sub Alex Jones had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down when his shot was blocked by a Holyhead arm and then the rebound fell to Titchiner who saw his shot saved at close range. However the hosts were not to be denied when a cross from the left found Tony Davies at the back post and he headed home from eight yards out to make it 4-2 in the 51st minute. With their tails up Rhyl continued to attack and a fine through ball saw Stewart Carroll beat the Holyhead defence and he rounded the keeper to enable him to tap the ball home and put Rhyl 5-2 up.

As the second half went on the visitors to their credit continued to press forward with Rhyl relying on breaks when the Holyhead attacks broke down. However the delivery of the final ball let the hosts down. When the visitors attacked however they found debutant keeper Sarnowski in fine form making three quality saves in the last 15 minutes to prevent the visitors making a comeback.

The 5-2 win extended Rhyl’s winning run to 5 games and gave Interim Manager, Mark Connolly, a 100% record in the month of November.

Images courtesy of www.chestertonphotography.co.uk

Listen to the Post Match Reaction from Mark Connolly and keeper Antoni Sarnowski below


Starting Line Up

Antoni Sarnowski
James Brewerton
Tony Davies
Jason Jeffries
Gerwyn Jones
Jordan Barrow
Stewart Carroll
Tom Rowlands
Phil Marsh
Alex Titchiner


James Jones
Luke Wiltshire
Sam Downey
Alex Jones
Tom Walsh