News Archive : 2002/2003
September '02

Tuesday 3/9/2002

Result: Rhyl 1 Llansantffraid-TNS 1 (League Cup, 1st Leg)
It was a tale of two halves at Belle Vue, with the visitors on top in the first half and Rhyl regaining the upper hand in the second. Rhyl fell behind to a goal by former player Justin Perry after only 35 seconds, and were under the cosh until the break. Rhyl bossed proceedings after the interval, but only managed to claw one back,  an equaliser by Gary Powell on the hour. The second leg is at Llansantffraid next Tuesday, 10th September at 7:30pm.

Saturday 7/9/2002

Result: Rhyl 0 Aberystwyth 0 (LoW)
Both sides had to settle for a point after a tough-tackling encounter at Belle Vue this afternoon. Rhyl had the upper hand in the first half, going the closest to scoring on the half-hour when Gareth Wilson played the ball to Martyn Chalk in the box, and he in turn fed Gary Powell who saw his effort go inches past the wrong side of the post. James Brewerton also saw his drive from a corner saved by Kinsella before the interval.

The second half opened with Glyndwr Hughes coming the closest to scoring for the visitors, his effort flying narrowly above the crossbar.  Chris McGinn had the ball in the net on fifty-five minutes, but he was adjudged to have been offside and the effort was disallowed.  Neither side looked like breaking the deadlock, and the game petered out into scoreless draw.

Rhyl: Williams, M.Powell, Brewerton, Jackson, Edwards, Graves (Brookman 74'), Chalk, Wilson, G.Powell, McGinn, Walters.

Attendance: 243

Tuesday 10/9/2002

Full-Timers KO'd!!
Result: Llansantffraid-TNS 0 Rhyl 1 (LC, Rhyl 2-1 on agg.)
Rhyl made a swift return to the scene of a 5-0 league reverse last month,  this time coming home with a one goal win against their professional hosts. It was a tough battle, with few goalscoring opportunities for either side, but with three minutes left on the clock, up stepped Gary Powell to knock home and put Rhyl through to the next round of the cup. Rhyl now face a two-legged tie against Oswestry in the next round.

Rhyl: D Williams, M Powell, J Brewerton, M Jackson, T Edwards, G Wilson, M Chalk, A Moran, G Powell, C McGinn, S Walters. 

Saturday 14/9/2002

Rhyl rue missed chances!
Result: Caersws 2 Rhyl 2 (LoW)

Martyn Chalk
Martyn Chalk
- missed a penalty

Rhyl snatched a late equaliser in this sun-drenched game but will wonder how they failed to take all three points. Caersws took the early initiative, but Rhyl looked dangerous on the breakaway, and on one occasion McGinn should have done better when he was through on a 1-on-1 with goalkeeper Price. His effort blazed over the crossbar. Geraint Lewis then put the hosts ahead on 16 minutes. Dave Williams could only push a deflected Geraint Jones shot into the path of Lewis on the edge of the box, and he made no mistake with a low drive. With a quarter of an hour to go, Rhyl started to play ball to feet, and this caused Caersws all manner of problems, especially down the right wing. It was from this area that the equaliser came. Martyn Chalk laid the ball off to Mark Powell, then accepted the return and played a lovely cross to the far post where Steve Walters was on-hand to knock home.

The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with Caersws pressuring early on and going ahead with a free header from a corner for Hugh Clarke. Graham Evans had another chance to increase the lead shortly afterwards but shot too early, with the ball being gathered easily by Dave Williams. This spurred Rhyl, and Andy Moran missed a golden opportunity to level matters when he found space in the box but could not find the net. Ten minutes from time it looked like Rhyl had made a breakthrough when a penalty was awarded for a handling offence. Martyn Chalk took responsibility but had the agony of seeing Price dive low to his left and block the effort. With less than a few moments left on the clock, and the game seemingly over, a Powell free kick found Steve Walters in the box, and his turn of pace saw him race through to fire past Price for the equaliser.

Rhyl: D Williams, M Powell, J Brewerton, M Jackson, T Edwards, G Wilson, M Chalk, A Moran (S Graves), G Powell, C McGinn, S Walters. 

League Cup Latest
Rhyl will visit Park Hall, Oswestry, this coming Tuesday. Kick off: 7:30pm. The return will be played at Belle Vue on Tuesday 24th September, 2002. kick off 7:30pm.

Monday 16/9/2002

Welsh Cup 2nd Round Draw
Rhyl will face Holyhead Hotspur in the second round of the Welsh Senior Cup competition. The game will be played at Belle Vue on Saturday, 12th October at 2:30pm

Tuesday 17/9/2002

Another cup win!
Result: Oswestry Town 1 Rhyl 2 (League Cup)
Rhyl set themselves up nicely for next week's home leg with an important win at Park Hall. One change was made to the side that drew at Caersws on Saturday, Mark Powell was unavailable so in came Stuart Graves. It was the hosts that started the brighter side with excellent distribution from crosses that brought some last ditch defending from the Lilywhites. The O's took the lead after six minutes when a long throw came off Timmy Edwards head and striker Steve Rogers fired home at the back post. Gradually Rhyl came back into the tie and home keeper Danny Embleton was in terrific form with a series of saves. The deserved equalised eventually came when Timmy Edwards powered a header home from a garry Powell cross. 1-1 at half time. Rhyl continued the barrage into the second half James Brewerton having an effort cleared off the line and Martin Chalk going close with a cross shot. Garry Powell also hit the underside of the bar. It was Chalk that provided the cross which Steve Walters met to head home what was to be the winning goal, Walters third goal on two games. A deserved win for Rhyl who came good after a shaky start and they will be hoping to finish the job in the second leg next Tuesday. Andy Moran looked far more interested and lively and was unlucky to be denied three times by Embleton.

Rhyl: D Williams, S Graves, J Brewerton, M Jackson, T Edwards, G Wilson, M Chalk, A Moran, G Powell, C McGinn, S Walters. 

Caersws v Rhyl in Pictures

Andy Moran
Andy Moran takes on Craig Richards

Chris McGinn

Chris McGinn has an effort on goal.

Saturday 21/9/2002

Brewerton goal seals the points!
Result: Rhyl 1 Carmarthen Town 0 (LoW)
Rhyl kept their third consecutive clean sheet at home, and bagged all three  points courtesy of another Brewerton special from a corner. Visitors Carmarthen, struggling at the foot of the table and visiting Belle Vue on the back of a 6-0 home defeat to Bangor, made it hard for Rhyl. It was a game of few chances, even though Rhyl had the better of the play they couldn't break down the home defence marshalled by Barnhouse. The winning goal came after a free kick for a foul on Gareth Wilson led to a corner. James Brewerton got his foot to the ball in the melee that followed and saw his effort deflected into the net for 1-0. Chalk, Walters and Moran all came close afterwards, while the visitors' best efforts came from Rossiter and Chappell. Carmarthen improved in the second half without really troubling Rhyl, and so it's another clean sheet at home and an important three points for this season's campaign.

Rhyl: Williams, M.Powell, Brewerton (Brookman 56'), Jackson, Edwards, Graves, Chalk, Wilson, Moran (White 84'), McGinn (G.Powell 73'),Walters.

Attendance: 251

Reserves' first away win of season
Penmaenmawr Phoenix 0 Rhyl Res 2
Rhyl dominated this game from start to finish, and will wonder why they only scored two goals. It was a game played at a fast pace, and the opening goal came from a quick free kick which saw Dave Hays unleash a superb volley on the turn to put Rhyl ahead. 1-0 at half-time, and with the sun at their backs, Rhyl continued to press after the break. They only added one goal, when a move from the right side of defence put Dean Moss through to slide the ball under the Pen 'keeper. A real textbook finish. Rhyl are in Cookson Cup duty at Denbigh this weekend.

Tuesday 24/9/2002

Rhyl through to next round!
Result: Rhyl 1 Oswestry  0 [Agg. 3-1] (League Cup)
Another great goal from Steve Walters helped Rhyl through to the semi-finals of the League Cup. This is the first time Rhyl have reached this stage since the competition reverted to a straight two-legged knockout format. more details to follow...

Saturday 28/9/2002

Rhyl lay the bogey to rest!
Welshpool Town 0 Rhyl 2 (LoW)

Welshpool v Rhyl

Timmy Edwards challenges Steve Goodwin, the Welshpool goalkeeper.

John Hulse's heroes have made it through the month of September unbeaten, picking up a useful three points in this game at Maes-y-Dre. It was two efforts from defenders that earned the points. Timmy Edwards heading a Steve Walters' cross ball into the next shortly before the break, and Michael Jackson ramming the ball home from a scramble after the interval. Rhyl controlled the majority of the play, and could easily have seen the score doubled had it not been for the efforts of Steve Goodwin in goal. Stewart White came on to make his debut at the end, and seemingly scored a peach of a goal only for the referee to cancel out his effort for an infringement. Another good performance, and victory at Welshpool for the first time since the 1920's!

Rhyl: Williams, M.Powell, Brewerton, Jackson, Edwards, Graves, Chalk (Brookman 88'), Wilson, Moran (G.Powell 79'), McGinn (White 79'), Walters.

Attendance: 194