Rhyl FC
Rhyl FC
The Lilywhites

Match Preview - Rhyl v Llandudno - Nathaniel MG Cup 2.10.2018

01 October 2018

We welcome Llandudno to Belle Vue on Tuesday night (ko 7.45pm) hoping to secure a place in the Quarter Finals of the Nathaniel MG Cup.

Rhyl secured their place in the last 16 with a 4-2 win over Caernarfon Town and will be hoping to repeat the feat against JD Welsh Premier opposition again.

Both sides have struggled this season with neither side in a position pre-season expectations may have placed them.  So far Llandudno, under the leadership of ex Caernarfon Town manager Iwan Williams, have struggled for goals and points to push them up the table. Former Rhyl forward Matty Williams is now Assistant Manager.

For Rhyl the defeat against league leaders Airbus UK Broughton was their fifth consecutive defeat in the month of September which promised much but delivered little.

Current Form

Llandudno failed to score in their opening three games away to Aberystwyth and Carmarthen and at home to Newtown which saw them pick up just 2 points from 0-0 draws. A 2-1 defeat at Cefn Druids followed before a 2-0 win at home to Barry Town United and a 1-0 away win at Cardiff Met changed their fortunes.

These hopes were quashed by a Saturday night visit of Connah’s Quay Nomads last weekend. The Flintshire side emerged as 4-0 winners. Last Friday Llandudno travelled to Bala Town and lost 2-1, Alfons Fosu Mensah scoring after his recall from Denbigh.

It’s likely a number of familiar faces could be in the Llandudno line up on Tuesday night. Friday night at Bala saw six ex Lilywhites in the starting XI. The midfield included 2 former skippers Mark Connolly and Danny Hughes plus Zyaac Edwards who spent a season with Rhyl during the 2016/17 campaign. Also up front were John Owen, Matty Williams and Toby Jones. The subs bench also included Alun Webb and Cai Owen.

Previous encounters

Rhyl’s last game against Llandudno was also Rhyl’s last game in the Welsh Premier League - a 1-1 draw saw the Lilywhites leave the top flight with a wimper, Alex Jones scoring for Rhyl to give them the lead before Jamie Reed scored the equaliser. The season also started with a visit from Llandudno. The opening Sunday saw both sides play an entertaining 0-0 draw.

As an omen that season also saw a visit to Llandudno in the same stage of the competition. This also followed a 1st round win against Caernarfon with a Kristian Pierce penalty ensuring Rhyl secured a place in the Quarter Finals where they would eventually be defeated by Connah’s Quay Nomads.