Rhyl FC
Rhyl FC
The Lilywhites

Date Added 16/03/2017

Another Friday night and another massive match for Rhyl in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League as Rhyl head East to take on Cefn Druids at The Rock (kick off 7.45pm). With both sides picking up a draw last weekend the two clubs remain two points apart with Rhyl knowing that a win will lift them out of the relegation places.  Rhyl's last two matches have seen late equalisers in draws against Aberystwyth Town and Llandudno and manager Niall McGuinness will know that a similar scenario could place the Lilywhites survival hopes in jeopardy. We caught up with Niall after training on Thursday night to listen to his thoughts on this big night for Rhyl Football Club.


Recent Matches

The first phase away match was held over the border in Oswestry as Cefn Druids were in the process of finalising the installation of their 3G pitch. On that occasion three ex Lilywhites, Aaron Bowen, Ashley Ruane and Mike Pritchard scored to put the “hosts” three nil up. A goal from Alex Jones gave Rhyl hope at half time and then second half goals from Aaron Simpson and Carl Lamb put us back into contention. However a controversial penalty gave the hosts the opportunity to claim the winner through Ashley Ruane.

Last time "away" at Cefn Druids in the League at the end of September

Cefn Druids 4–3 Rhyl https://t.co/BcNHpqP5Rh via @sgorio

Since Rhyl’s return to the Dafabet Welsh Premier League we had only played against the Druids in one season, the 2013/14 season and on both occasions we left The Rock with all three points. The clash on a Friday night in November 2013 brought about a 1-0 win following an early Mark Cadwallader goal whilst the following February saw the Lilywhites claim a 2-1 win victory. Again Mark Cadwallader opened the scoring in the 1st half before ex Lilywhite Tom Donegan equalised early in the second half. However in the last minute Ashley Ruane was on hand to claim all three points and send the Lilywhites fans home happy.

Recent Form

The Druids since the turn of the year have seen an upturn in their league fortunes claiming 9 points from the last 6 matches which has seen them and Newtown become two of the inform teams in the League. At the end of the first phase Cefn Druids drew 0-0 at home to Carmarthen and then so far in the second phase they have beaten us at the Corbett Sports Stadium, beaten Aberystwyth at the Rock before their run of 4 games unbeaten was brought to a halt at Newtown. In the last 2 matches they have drew away at Llandudno and Airbus.