Rhyl FC
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The Lilywhites

Match Preview - Rhyl v Altrincham 7/7/2018

06 July 2018

Rhyl Football Club start their summer of pre-season matches with the visit of Vanarama National League North side Altrincham to Belle Vue. The match will kick off at the earlier time of 1pm to avoid a clash with the World Cup action at 3pm from Russia which will be screened in the Legends Lounge.

For both sides this will be the start of the pre-season and both sides have challenges ahead. For the visitors, one of the most famous teams in Non-League football, the aim will be to re-establish themselves after a roller coaster run over the last three years. Two successive relegations and then a promotion sees the Cheshire side looking to consolidate in the National League.
For Rhyl, it’s been a summer of changes as a new Management Team has taken over led by Director of Football, Eddie Maurice Jones. The summer has seen a turnround in the playing squad with just 6 of the main first team squad returning. The recruitment to date has seen players predominately known to the Management Team recruited with to date 15 new signings, which include a few returnees to the Lilywhites.

With pre-season training underway for the last two weeks, Eddie Maurice Jones reflected on the progress made to date ahead of the game against Altrincham. He stated that “I have been delighted with the progress already during pre-season. The commitment and work rate from all the players has been of the highest standard. The transformation of the squad hasn’t effected any of the players, they are all determined to make this work.”

He acknowledges that the preparation intensifies now with a number of games against good quality opposition over the coming month adding that “we now need to implement that standard onto the pitch and improve as a group. The game against Altrincham will be very tough but we all look forward to the challenge. We will try and imitate our philosophy into the players over the coming week and be dedicated to our beliefs. It’s a learning curve for us all to understand our strengths and weaknesses but I’m happy with the early signs.”

Admission for Saturday’s friendly will be £5 for adults, £3 for Concessions and £2 for under 16’s. For regular supporters the club season tickets will be on sale, which represent a great offer over the course of the season. The adult price is only £44.99 a saving of £40 against last season and more information including how to purchase on line is available on the club website.