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Match Preview - Rhyl v Gresford Athletic 8.9.2018

07 September 2018

Rhyl will be looking to maintain recent form as they welcome Gresford Athletic to Belle Vue on Saturday 8th September (kick off 2.30pm).

After successive victories against Penrhyncoch, Caernarfon Town (in the Nathaniel MG Cup) and at Porthmadog last weekend, Lilywhites supporters will be hoping that this fine form continues. These games have seen 10 goals for Rhyl which have been shared amongst seven different scorers, including 4 goals from Defenders.

For the Rhyl Management team, Gresford will be familiar opponents with the Wrexham area side being the team where Rhyl's Director of Football, Eddie Maurice Jones developed his reputation with a successful spell before leaving for Denbigh in 2016. He commented that "this is a fixture that stands out for me for many reasons. I have had some memorable times at Gresford and made some great friendships. There is a lot of connections between the two teams but we have to stay professional, remain focused and keep our emotions to one side."

Reflecting on recent games Maurice Jones added that  "we have had a series of good results and I am delighted with the recent performances. We have set a good standard to work to but we know we can’t afford to get complacent and lose sight of our aims. Gresford will be a very tough game, they have a number of good players and will play attacking football, so we need to be composed in our defence."

With the season progressing he acknowledged the dilemma around squad selection stating that "the competition around the squad is getting much tougher each week and its harder to select the playing eleven.This is a great situation to be in and the confidence within the team is growing tremendously the more games we play." In terms of the squad for Saturday he added that "Ben Nash is still sidelined due to a foot injury, we will hopefully learn more this week as to how severe it is. James Stead returns from completing his suspension and Cai Owen joins the squad for the coming fixture."

Eddie Maurice Jones was also keen to acknowledge the contribution from the supporters last week stating that "I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the fans who came to Porthmadog last week, hopefully you all enjoyed the day out as much as the team did, thank you for travelling there and for your continued support. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces and to a memorable match."

Recent Form

Gresford made a positive start to the new season winning 3-1 at Denbigh on the opening night which was followed by a 2-1 victory at Holyhead Hotspur. They came unstuck next time out at Buckley losing 3-0 to the Huws Gray Alliance new boys and also then lost 1-0 at Guilsfield.  Last time out they suffered a 5-0 defeat at early league leaders Airbus UK Broughton.  Since then the club have appointed Darren Moss as Assistant Manager to Steve Halliwell.

Amongst their ranks is former Rhyl and Denbigh forward Jake Eyre who has already grabbed a couple of goals so far this season and former Ruthin striker Jordon MacCarter.

Recent Games

Last season the home game saw a 4-0 win for Rhyl in February 2018. The hosts were missing 4 players, Tom Freeman, Josh Griffiths, Owen Roberts and current Rhyl Captain Max Peate through suspension following the abandonment of a game against Guilsfield. A delightful lobbed pass from Phil Marsh set up James Murphy and then 8 minutes before the break Aaron Pomeyie was fouled in the box and Stewart Carroll slotted home the penalty kick. A defensive error let in Murphy for his second and he completed his hat trick with a fine shot from the edge of the box with 10 minutes to go.