Rhyl FC
Rhyl FC
The Lilywhites

Rhyl FC 1 - 4 Ruthin Town

Away | 10 February 2018 | Attendance: 316

On a sticky Memorial Playing Fields pitch Rhyl came unstuck against Ruthin Town as their Denbighshire rivals completed a comfortable double over the Lilywhites. 

Rhyl had early pressure but in the eighth minute the Rhyl defence parted and Will Owen was able to put the hosts into an early lead finishing from inside the box.  The visitors attempted to put pressure on the hosts and had a great early chance to get back level but the hosts were able to clear after a goalmouth scramble. Alun Webb was played in down the Rhyl right but ex Lilywhite Mike Sharples was on hand to make a last ditch tackle to put the ball out for a corner.  The next effort came from a long range Stewart Carroll shot which Ryan Goldston blocked and as the ball landed he bravely gathered the ball.

With Rhyl pushing forward gaps opened up in the defence and inevitably the League's top scorer, Llyr Morris was on hand to take advantage of them and double the hosts lead in the 24th minute.  The lively James Murphy had the next opportunity but a last ditch block from the Ruthin defence saw the ball sail over the bar. Minutes later Ruthin looked likely to grab a third but Sam Downey was on hand to clear.

The second half saw the introduction of Phil Marsh to replace Tom Hartley who was playing as left midfield with the team reshuffled with Downey joining the midfield and Titchiner moving to wing back.  As the second half progressed the game followed the pattern of the first with Ruthin playing neat football in a compact shape whilst the visitors relied on the long ball to stretch the hosts.  Rhyl were becoming increasingly frustrated as they failed to break down the organised hosts and a wild challenge from James Murphy sparked a melee in the centre of the pitch which saw Murphy and Will Owen booked.

As Rhyl continued to press the defence became more stretched and Morris was once again on hand to take advantage to grab his second and Ruthin's third in the 61st Minute.  Rhyl continued to press for a foothold in the game with Phil Marsh playing in Mark Connolly but he failed to control his shot which went wide.  Phil Marsh a few minutes later tested Ryan Goldston who was once again equal to Rhyl's attempts to score.

The gaps continued to appear in the Rhyl defence and Llyr Morris was on hand to complete his hat trick in the 83rd minute from close range after an initial shot had been saved by Rory Crowther.

Rhyl gained a consolation in the 88th minute when Alun Webb was played through and his direct run saw him beat the home defence and he fired past Goldston to score a fine goal.

The win was fully deserved for the hosts who made the most of the pitch conditions by playing good possession football, whilst for the visitors the performance was certainly one to forget and much work will be needed before the next League game against Gresford.

Starting Line Up

Rory Crowther
Will Bell
James Brewerton
Ben Collins
Tom Hartley
Stewart Carroll
Mark Connolly
Sam Downey
Alex Titchiner
James Murphy
Alun Webb


Danny Holland
Phil Marsh
Aaron Pomeyie
Tom Walsh