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Rhyl FC 0 - 2 Connah's Quay Nomads

Home | 03 August 2018

Rhyl completed their pre-season preparations with a late defeat to Connah's Quay Nomads in a competitive pre-season friendly. After recent matches against Development teams from Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic, the Nomads provided a more robust challenge for the season ahead and the new look Lilywhites responded well to the challenges posed.

The first chance of the evening fell to Ben Nash whose shot from the right hand side of the area went narrowly wide and into the side netting and then it was another defender Jonny Spittle who had the next chance as the visitors header went narrowly over. Both sides created chances and Matthew Worrall shrugged off a defender on the Rhyl left but his pass across the area evaded Barry Torrance who was unable to convert the opportunity.

The best chance came to Andy Owens, a former Lilywhite from the 2009/10 season, when good work from the Nomads played him in but his shot as he powered into the area was tame and Rory Crowther was able to claim the ball comfortably.

As the game reached the 30 minutes mark, Nomads had a good spell of pressure and Ryan Wignall had two opportunities to score but on both occasions Crowther was able to make the saves. Rhyl weathered the storm and good link up play in midfield created some half chances for Rhyl. A strong run from just inside the opposition half from Oliver Buckley saw him advance towards the box and he played in Kristian Pierce but his attempted back heel to provide James Murphy with a chance was cleared by the defence and then Matthew Cook orchestrated a good spell of play and James Murphy’s shot from 25 yards was saved by John Danby in the visitors goal. Michael Bakare had a good chance on the stroke of half time but the score remained goalless at the break.

The second half continued in a similar fashion with Rhyl remaining compact and difficult to break down and restricting the chances for the opposition. The introduction of Rob Hughes back to Belle Vue, made a difference for the visitors and his direct running began to make a difference. Michael Wilde had a good opportunity in the 68th minute but once again Crowther was able to react to the shot from inside the box.

The threat of Rob Hughes looked to have broken the deadlock but substitute keeper Jonatham Hill-Dunt pulled off a great save to deflect the shot, which looked destined for the back of the net, wide in the 80th minute. However the breakthrough came 2 minutes later as Rhyl lost possession allowing Hughes through with claims from the Rhyl defence of offside and he provided the pass for Callum Morris to lift the ball over Dunt to put the visitors 1-0 up.

The visitors doubled their advantage two minutes later after a low cross from Lawrence Wilson on the Nomads left and Michael Wilde was able to steer the ball past Dunt from close range.

Matthew Worrall had a late chance for Rhyl as he was able to find space to get his shot away which went narrowly wide to provide the consolation for the Lilywhites which their play deserved.

Overall from the seven pre-season games against high calibre opposition there have been plenty of areas for positivity for Director of Football, Eddie Maurice Jones as he has seen his new look squad develop ready for the season opener against Llanrhaeadr on Saturday 11th August.

Rhyl Line Up

Rory Crowther, Ben Nash, Joe Culshaw, Max Peate, Reece Fairhurst, Matthew Cook, Kristian Pierce, Dave MacIntyre, Matthew Worrall, Barry Torrance, James Murphy


Aaron Hassall, Liam Smith, Oliver Buckley, Connor Harwood, Joe Sullivan, James Stead (unused), Jonathan Hill Dunt 

Starting Line Up