News Archive : 2000/2001


Thursday 1/2/2001

Robins get a rollicking!
Rhyl 4 Wrexham 1
Brian Flynn and Wrexham were true to their word last night, kindly bringing their full first team squad to Belle Vue for this friendly. With Rhyl keen to erase a poor performance at Carmarthen from their minds, few would have reckoned on a display of such quality from the home team as they destroyed their Nationwide league rivals in a thrilling second half.

With the first half looking like ending in stalemate, Bounane made the most of a cross from the left to tap home on 40 minutes. This joy was shortlived however, for on the stroke of half-time a fantastic twenty-five yard shot from Lee Trundle put Rhyl on equal terms.

Brian Flynn changed his team in the second half but it was Rhyl who took the plaudits with an exhilarating performance.  Further goals from Trundle (61'), Brewerton (84') and Trundle (90') sealed an emphatic win, and Rhyl's first over league opposition for a very long time.

Rhyl: L Williams, Brewerton, Curtis (P Owens), McCosh, Antrobus, Jones, J Stannard, R Williams, Kinney (Barton), Trundle, Sharratt.

Rhyl are indebted to Wrexham for agreeing to the fixture and wish them continued success in their Nationwide League campaign.


Friday 2/2/2001

Robins seek hat-trick
Preview: Rhyl v Newtown,Sat 2.30pm
Newtown visit Belle Vue looking to continue their impressive record with a 'hat-trick' of wins against Rhyl this season.

Rhyl have already suffered league and Welsh Cup reverses at Latham Park and will be looking to regain some pride after a below-par performance at Carmarthen last week. Newtown will still be on a high after their 1-0 win against a Ginola and Delaney inspired Aston Villa team on Tuesday and will be stern opposition for Rhyl.

Nothing less than a win be good enough if Rhyl are to climb up the table. Both teams have been playing some great football this season so this looks like being a 'cracker'.

Make sure you're at Belle Vue to cheer the team in North Wales' 'MATCH OF THE DAY'.

Saturday 3/2/2001

No Bore Draw!
Rhyl 0 Newtown 0
How this game ended scoreless defies all logic! In one of the most enthralling contests seen at Belle Vue for some time, both teams set their stall out for some attacking play right from the outset.

Rhyl were the dominant side over the course of the game, but the league's top scorer Lee Trundle was below-par and missed a whole host of clear cut chances to put his side ahead. Gareth Wilson forced a tremendous save in the first half with a twenty five yard rocket, and Danny Barton and Stuart Graves also had chances.

Newtown were dangerous on the break however and could have opened the scoring themselves through Whickham and Adamson. After Rhyl had a let-off when a shot hit the bottom of the post, the home team surged forward in the last ten minutes in the hope of clinching a winner. Mark Jones was by far the busier of the two keepers, but despite the best efforts of all concerned, this thrilling match ended in 0-0 draw. 

Rhyl: L Williams, Dewi Parry, G Curtis, Brewerton, Antrobus, Wilson, Stannard, R Williams, Barton, Trundle, S Graves (Mick Jones).

Attendance:  296

Wednesday 7/2/2001

Rhyl v Newtown in pictures

Danny Barton - first game back after becoming a father. Congratulations from all at Rhyl FC!

Dewi Parry - back in a White Shirt!

The massed ranks of the Newtown defence clear this effort from Stuart Graves

The industrious John Stannard

Lee Trundle left his scoring boots at home! This one went over!

Gareth Wilson lets fly from 25-yards. This effort was tipped over the bar by the Newtown keeper.

Thursday 8/2/2001

Club News
Three Rhyl players are currently on trial with Nationwide League clubs. Lee Trundle is at Wrexham and James Brewerton and John Stannard are at Luton Town. We hope to report on their progress shortly.

Thirds victorious again!
Rhyl Thirds 9 Trearddur Bay 3 (5-1 ht)
Rhyl were emphatic winners in this Cup Quarter final tie played at the Kinmel Bay Sports Centre. Rhyl built an unassailable first half lead through goals from Andy Davies (10 mins), Steven Scott-Lee (15 & 22 mins), Phil Goodwin (35 mins) and Neil Jones on 43 mins. The visitors only goal came from Craig Brodie. Second half action saw goals from man of the match Steven Scott-Lee on 50 and 65 mins, scoring his fourth of the game and his ninth of this season so far. Goals from Phil Goodwin with his second on 73 mins and Dean Billingsley (who came on as sub for Scott-lee) 85 mins settled matters. Trearddur scored two late consolation goals through Darren Owen and Gavin Plant.

Friday 9/2/2001

Inter Cardiff v Rhyl, Sat 2.30pm

Rhyl make the journey to the capital city, determined to blot out one of the most disappointing results of the season so far. College based Inter, firmly rooted to the bottom of the table, came to Belle Vue at the end of September and registered their one and only win of the season against an out-of-sorts Rhyl team.

Rhyl appointed Lee Williams as player-manager shortly afterwards, and fortunes have changed, but Rhyl will be very keen to avenge that home defeat.

Facing them in goal will be Danny Embleton. He started the season at Rhyl before joining Inter after a spell at Colwyn Bay. Inter have been signing several players of late in an effort to stave off relegation so this will certainly be no walkover. For Rhyl it will be case of having to turn possession into goals. Last week's game against Newtown saw a whole host of chances go begging. 

The supporters' coach leaves Belle Vue at 8am. Please contact the club if you wish to travel to cheer the team on.

Saturday 10/2/2001

UWIC Inter Cardiff 2 Rhyl 2
Below-par Rhyl were grateful for a last minute penalty equaliser in this entertaining encounter at Leckwith Stadium.

Rhyl were very much second-best in the opening half-hour, and went behind on thirteen minutes when Beddard headed home direct from a corner. Gareth Wilson equalised matters on 31' when he raced onto a through ball before beating Embleton from ten yards.

Rhyl opened the second half brightly, and were given a grand opportunity to go ahead when referee Jones awarded a penalty for an offence in the box. Goalkeeper Embleton guessed well however, keeping Wilson's spot-kick out.  Beddard converted a mysterious penalty award on 77' and with Rhyl desperate to salvage something from the game, Danny Embleton saved his side with some stunning stops. He was beaten right at the death. Aaron Thomas was adjudged to have been brought down in the box, and up stepped Mick Jones to fire home the equaliser via the upright.

Rhyl: L Williams, D Parry, G Curtis, J Brewerton, M Antrobus, G Wilson, J Stannard, R Williams, D Barton, G McCosh, S Graves. Subs used: S Jones, A Thomas, M Jones.

Monday 12/2/2001

Club News:
Llandyrnog 2 Rhyl Thirds 8 (ht 1-4)
Rhyl proved too strong for the villagers, comfortably romping home to another huge victory. Neil Jones put Rhyl ahead after ten minutes only for Dyrny to equalise seven minutes later. The traffic was all one way thereafter and goals were added by Scott-Lee (18 mins), Martyn Trigg (33 mins) and Scott-Lee again after 35 mins. The avalanche continued after the break with further scores from Neil Jones (50 mins), Dean Jones from a free kick on 63 mins and Paul Smith (73 mins).  Llandyrnog scored another consolation five minutes from the end, but Scott-Lee sealed matters with his second hat-tick in as many games on 87 mins.

Wednesday 14/2/2001

Inter Cardiff in Pictures

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Gareth Wilson slips the ball under
Embleton for Rhyl's equaliser

Danny Embleton saves this second half

penalty from Gareth Wilson.

Beddard scores from the spot to put Inter ahead.

the equaliser!
Mick Jones beats Embleton in the last minute of the game to give Rhyl a share of the spoils.

Friday 16/2/2001

Friendly Stalemate
Rhyl 2 Northwich Vics 2
Rhyl re-established rivalries with old friends from the Cheshire League days last night, holding the Nationwide Conference visitors to a 2-2 draw.

With  Tommy Mutton returning to Belle Vue on loan from Swansea City, Rhyl took the game to Northwich and went ahead on eight minutes, Simon Wallis fed Robbie Williams to tap home from close range. Tyrone Fagin equalised before the interval for Vics but Rhyl went ahead a quarter of an hour into the second half. Phil Owens came on to replace Stuart Graves and his free kick stunned the Vics by finding the top left-hand of the net. Fagin got himself on the scoresheet again ten minutes from the end, earning his side a share of the spoils.

Lee Williams made the most of the game to field a mixture of reserves and first team players, he also gave a debut to trialist Anthony Sheen from Poulton Vics in the West Cheshire League.

Rhyl: L Williams, A Sheen, G Curtis (C Sharrat), D Parry (Brewerton), M Antrobus, S Graves (P Owens), J Stannard (L Murray), R Williams (A Thomas), S Wallis (Fisher-Cooke), T Mutton (G Davies), M Jones (S Jones)

Sunday 18/2/2001

Tundle Mania hits Wrexham!

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Rhyl's Lee Trundle  joined Nationwide League club Wrexham on Friday, finally putting to an end weeks of speculation regarding a move.

After impressing in a Reserve match for Wrexham against Blackpool -  in which he scored two and created two goals - Lee put pen to paper in time to play for Wrexham against Colchester United on Saturday. He came on as sub for the last seven minutes, replacing Craig Falconbridge.

Lee has been a star-attraction at Belle Vue this season, and everyone at the club wishes him well at the Racecourse. His fee is a record one for Rhyl, and could be increased if certain conditions are met over the next few seasons.



Monday 19/2/2001

Thirds held to draw
Hotspurs 3 Rhyl 3
Rhyl's Thirds were embroiled in a real scrap on Saturday, having to settle for a solitary point at the end of the day.

Martyn Trigg beat the Bagillt defence only to lose out to the keeper after a scramble in the mud early on, then Dean Jones had a chance to put Rhyl on the score sheet with a shot that went high and wide to keep Rhyl frustrated.

Bagillt took the lead through Declan Beeby on 17 minutes and scored again through Neil Johnson on 20 minutes. Neil Jones pulled one back before the interval with a header from a pinpoint Gary Sumner cross.

The second half started as the first with Rhyl under pressure caused by there own doing and being punished again for not competing. Bagillt scored their third goal after some good work from Shane Francis down the left flank, and a good ball over the top for Declan Beeby to score his second on 60 minutes. After some missed chances by both sides Rhyl pulled a goal back through Martyn Trigg on 65 minutes with a good strike from 10 yards. Rhyl had plenty of chances too draw level but Bagillt kept men behind the ball to frustrate Rhyl, and with only 6 minutes left Rhyl won a corner taken by Scott-lee, the ball droped to a Bagillt player who could only get 3 yards on it and it fell to man of the match Martyn Trigg to score his second. A disappointing performance but a valuable point nonetheless.

Squad.  David Rowlands, Marc Boulton, Gary Sumner Joe McMahan, Geoff Done, Martin Trigg, James Gurney, Steven Scott-Lee, Dean Jones, Dean Billingsley, Neil Jones, John Callaghan, Mathew Passmore, Phil Goodwin, Mike Roose .

Friday 23/2/2001

The Saturday Match....
Rhyl journey down the A483 to Llansantffraid on Saturday, keen to get the campaign back on track with a win and record a 'double' in the process. Rhyl's team selection has been hampered by the suspension to player-manager Lee Williams, but he has acted quickly to draft in the capable David Walsh as cover. Chris Sharratt and striker Wes Kinney look like making a return to the side, but Gareth Wilson will be missing due to a broken hand.

The match promises to be an exciting affair, if you can make down to the 'Rec' please do so, the team does value your support.

Saturday 24/2/2001

Reserves Flying High!
Rhyl 6 Penmaenmawr 1
Rhyl's Reserves went four points clear at the top of the Welsh Alliance with this emphatic defeat of 'Pen' at Belle Vue. Sean Morgan opened the scoring from the spot after seven minutes, and three minutes later Fisher-Cooke added the second after a free-kick. A Sean Morgan corner on 27' found the unmarked head of Gareth Davies for him to get on the scoresheet, and less than a minute later Jon Gurney embarked on a run which saw him beat four players before slotting home the fourth. Fisher-Cooke added the fifth, five minutes before the interval. The second half avalanche didn't materialise, but Gareth Davies did add another after 65 minutes. Daryl Jones scored the visitor's consolation goal ten minutes after the restart.

Although clubs below Rhyl in the table have games 'in-hand', Rhyl are now strongly placed for the run-in to the end of the season.

Rhyl: J Jones, S Morgan, C Ingram, D Fuller, J Smith, J Gurney (P Armstrong '81), R Jones (A Evans '61), S Bowen, J Fisher-Cooke, G Davies, L Murray (C Marchbank '71)

League of Wales
TNS 3 Rhyl 0

Lacklustre Rhyl were comprehensively beaten in this largely one sided affair at the Treflan. With the absence of John Stannard and Gareth Wilson being felt in midfield, Rhyl struggled to make any headway against a resolute home defence. Goalkeeper David Walsh, standing in for the suspended Lee Williams made an impressive debut, and Wes Kinney made a second half return after a spell out with injury. Rhyl's efforts to claw back a one-goal deficit at half-time were not helped by the dismissal of Aaron Thomas early in the second half, and with their numerical advantage the hosts terrorised the Rhyl defence. Paul Whitfield pulled off a host of great stops to keep the score down but at the end of the day, there can be no complaints after a poor display. Rhyl's best chance of scoring came in the first half when goalkeeper Mark Deegan blocked Danny Barton's effort on a one-on-one.

RHYL: D Walsh, D Parry, G Curtis, M Antrobus, J Brewerton, S Graves (M Jones), A Thomas (Sent Off), R Williams, D Barton, T Mutton (W Kinney), C Sharratt (S Jones).
Attendance: 225


Sunday 25/2/2001

Trundle scores on full debut!
Rhyl's former player Lee Trundle scored on his full first team debut for Wrexham at Walsall yesterday. He also created the third goal for Craig Faulconbridge to seal a memorable win for Wrexham, after they were 2-0 down and seemingly dead and buried at half-time.


Monday 26/2/2001

Last gasp winner for Thirds
Brynford 3 Rhyl 4 (ht 1-0)
Rhyl fell behind to an early Steven Edwards goal after only a minute in this  top of the table clash. Rhyl went on to dominate the half but just couldn't find their scoring boots as shot after shot was saved or went wide. David Rowlands made two good saves on Brynford's rare forays up front but Rhyl were very disappointed to go in a goal down at half-time.

Rhyl were optimistic of maintaining the momentum after the break, but were dealt a sucker punch by Paul Cohan who put Brynford two goals up on 46'. Rhyl were still in dis-array when Steven Edwards scored a goal of the season contender from 40 yards to put the hosts 3-0 up barely two minutes later.

This spurred Rhyl, but no-one expected the way in which the game was to finish. Rhyl's top scorer Neil Jones bagged his 19th goal of the season with a low drive beating the keeper at his far post, and from that point on Rhyl stepped up a gear and camped in Brynfords half. This paid off with a penalty awarded for a foul on Steven Scott-Lee, substitute Dean Billingsley stepped up to score his 11th goal and to put Rhyl back in the game. Rhyl could not believe their luck when awarded a second penalty and again Dean Billingsley was the man for the job with a good drive to the foot of the post to level the game on 85 minutes. With 30 seconds left on the clock, Dean Billingsley forced a shot in through a crowd of players and the ball somehow managed to cross the line to give Rhyl the win and move them to within 1 point of leaders Brynford.

Tuesday 27/2/2001

The Saturday Match in pictures

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Aaron Thomas breaks through

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Danny Barton beats the offiside trap but Deegan blocks well on this occasion.

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Tommy Mutton on his debut after signing from Nationwide League Swansea City.

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Stuart Graves in the thick of things

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Wes Kinney makes a welcome return

to the side after injury

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Chris Sharratt back on the wing after a short lay-off

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Stand-in goalkeeper David Walsh does well  to block this effort from John Toner.



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