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Rhyl FC 0 - 3 Airbus UK Broughton

Home | 29 September 2018 | Attendance: 262

Leaders Airbus UK Broughton made it 9 wins out of 9 at Belle Vue securing a 3-0 victory to take them 9 points clear at the top of the table.  For Rhyl the scoreline didn't give a fair reflection of the game and for large parts of the game they matched the league leaders.

Rhyl made two changes with Ben Nash and Matthew Cook starting and despite a bright opening 5 minutes it was the visitors who took the early lead.  James Hooper was able to cross the ball from the Airbus right and Leo Riley was unmarked in the centre of the area and he was able to apply a neat finish to put the visitors into an early lead.

Similar to recent games it took Rhyl a while to regain their rhythm after conceding a goal and the visitors nearly doubled their advantage in the 15th minute.  Max Peate was hesitant in dealing with a long high ball and his attempted back pass left Rory Crowther stranded but Peate was able to get back to deny Airbus the opportunity after they had rounded Crowther.

Good work down the Rhyl right created a chance for Mike Pritchard but his shot went over the bar in the 25th minute.  During this period Rhyl had good spells of possession without creating opportunities with the final ball.  Pritchard had the ball in the net but late stand in Referee Nick Pratt ruled that a handball had been used in creating the opportunity. 

In the 42nd minute Kristian Pierce was able to run onto a ball over the defence but he was unable to control the opportunity enabling the defence to clear the ball for a corner.

With Rhyl needing a positive second half there were some great opportunities for both sides to extend the scoreline. Joe Palmer shot over for Airbus from a shot outside the area and then James Murphy had two opportunities to bring the score level. Work down the Rhyl right enabled Murphy to create space for the shot but Dave Roberts was able to deal with the shot.  Two minutes later Roberts was at the heart of confusion in the visitors defence from a high ball and the ball fell to James Murphy and his shot which would have left Roberts stranded from outside the area went narrowly wide. 

Aaron Hassell was becoming a big influence on the game for Rhyl and he was at the heart of many good moves for the hosts. In the 55th minute Hassell was able to stretch the visitors defence and his cross found Gareth Partridge inside the box but his shot was saved by Roberts.

As has been the case in recent matches, Rhyl's best spell in the game was rewarded with a goal conceded. Rhyl struggled to clear the penalty area and as Matthew Cook was able to make a decisive tackle to clear the ball, Referree Nick Pratt puzzled the majority of the Belle Vue by pointing to the penalty spot.  Matty McGinn stepped up and converted the penalty in the 60th minute to put Airbus 2-0 up.

Rhyl continued to press to get back into the game with Pierce and Murphy having chances but Airbus had a glorious opportunity to clinch the three points in the 70th minute.  With Rhyl appealing for offside James Hooper was in acres of space but he was unable to beat Crowther in a 1 on 1 opportunity with the shot going wide. 

Ben Nash had a solid game in defence and had an opportunity to grab a goal but he was unable to keep his shot down after a free kick and then good work by James Murphy down the Rhyl right saw 3 defenders beaten on a jinking run but his cross evaded the Rhyl attack.

Inevitably the final moment of the game was another opportunity for Nick Pratt to take centre stage. A long ball over the top saw Lewis Buckley challenge Rory Crowther and despite Buckley leading with the foot, the Referee had no hesitation to award a foul against Crowther, point to the spot and book the keeper for good measure.  The penalty was once again finished by McGinn to give Airbus a 3-0 lead which arguably flattered the balance of the game. 

For Rhyl the afternoon saw the 5th successive defeat but there were some positive elements to be taken forward ahead of Tuesday night's Nathaniel MG Cup game against Llandudno ko 7.45pm.

Starting Line Up

1
Rory Crowther
2
Joe Culshaw
(77')
5
Reece Fairhurst
16
Ben Nash
(86')
4
Max Peate
17
Aaron Hassall
(77')
18
Matthew Cook
21
Gareth Partridge
7
Kristian Pierce
10
Mike Pritchard
11
James Murphy

Substitutes

25
Jonathan Hill-Dunt
24
Jack Parry-Jones
(86')
22
Liam Smith
(77')
ST
Liam Chambers
(77')
19
Barry Torrence