News Archive : 2000/2001


Rhyl will play new signing Martin Doherty against Connah's Quay in tonight's crucial League of Wales fixture at Belle Vue. Martin, a left-sided midfielder has joined the club from Northwich Victoria and has previously played for Crewe Alexandra and Bolton Wanderers.

Gary Curtis looks a doubtful starter and Lee Congerton hopes to make the bench.

Rhyl will be hoping for more of the same after last week's second half annihilation of Rhayader at Belle Vue. Come along and see some top class action! - kick off is at 7.30pm

Rhyl equaliser v Rhayader

Lee Trundle puts Rhyl on level terms from the penalty spot v Rhayader.

Steve Moran goal, 2-1 to Rhyl

Steve Moran casually puts Rhyl 2-1 in front against Rhayader.

Friday Result
Rhyl fell to an-all-too comon defeat against visitors  Nomads in tonight's end-to-end League of Wales match.

Gary Curtis put Rhyl ahead after only 11 minutes only for perennial thorn in the side Jon Kenworthy to equalise matters on 21'. Nomads then went ahead three minutes before the interval when a pinpoint cross was headed home clinically by Kevin Davies. It took a penalty from Lee Trundle to level matters on 48' and when Martin Doherty fired home a rasper on 55 minutes it looked like Rhyl would not look back. Nomads had other ideas however and a stunning free-kick from Steve Futcher and a solo wondergoal from Kenworthy again sealed it for Nomads. 

Rhyl FC: Embleton, Cooper, Curtis (Fuller 45'), Powell, Cullen, McCosh, Moran,Doherty, Barton, Trundle, Thomas (Congerton 45')

Attendance: 379



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Friday 8 September
Port Talbot v. Afan Lido 2-0

Saturday 9 September
Aberystwyth v. Caersws
Bangor v. Haverfordwest
Carmarthen v. Rhayader
Connahs Quay v. Barry
Llanelli v. Rhyl
Newtown v. Flexsys Cefn Druids
Total Network Solutions v. Cwmbran

Sunday 10 September
UWIC Inter Cardiff v. Oswestry

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The name of the winner and the list of the results will be available on from Monday, 11th September,2000.

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Tough match in prospect at Stebo (8/9)
Rhyl make one of the longest journeys of the season on Saturday to a ground where little success has been achieved in the past.
Rhyl have to look to a 2-2 draw in the 95/6 season as the only time points have been gained, and will recall two defeats there last season - including a humiliating 7-0 scoreline in the last game of 1999.
Llanelli haven't yet struck the form that saw them finish highly last season though, and with new manager John Lewis still getting to grips with his team, it might be a good opportunity for Rhyl to 'steal' some points.


Saturday Result (9/9)
Rhyl fell to another defeat at Stebonheath Park but have to thank goalkeeper Danny Embleton for three point-blank saves which kept his team in the game until the last minute.

Rhyl started promisingly enough with Trundle and Danny Barton causing chaos in the home defence, but it was the homesters who managed to find the back of the net first when Dickeson rose unmarked to head home a right wing cross ten minutes before the interval. Llanelli went down to ten men shortly afterwards when Lee Trundle was felled with a late tackle from behind - an offence which merited a straight red card.

Rhyl brought on Aaran Thomas at half-time to strengthen the forward line but Llanelli continued to press down the wings. After a point-blank wonder save from Danny Embleton, Llanelli registered a second goal through  Watkins who was on hand to fire home from a centre.

Rhyl had several chances to pull goals back but a combination of wayward shooting, a resolute Llanelli back line and good fortune contrived to give Rhyl only one score - Steve Jones being on hand to tap home from six yards on '86.  It was to no avail however, for  Llanelli captain Lee Jones restored his side's advantage on the stroke of full time.

Rhyl: Embleton, Powell, Cooper (S Jones), Goldbourne, Cullen, McCosh, Moran (Fuller), Congerton (A Thomas), Barton, Trundle, Doherty.

Attendance: 165

RHYL RES 0 LLANFAIRPWLL 2 (Welsh Alliance) (9/9)
Rhyl: Dave Rowlands, Sean Morgan, Jim Smith, Phil Owens, Andy Evans (Phil Graham), Russell Jones, Phil Parry, Peter Armstrong (Leighton Sumner), Simon Wallis, Liam Murray, Karl Evans.

Rhyl's youth teams had a good day with the Colts beating Bagillt Wanderers 4-0  and Rhyl Juniors beating Hearts Rovers 7-0 at Rhyl High School. Scorers for the juniors were Bradlee Foulkes with four and Scott Morgan with a hat-trick.


Due to the current fuel crisis, tonight's Gilbert Cup match at the Deeside stadium has been called off. Keep visiting for the latest on a re-arrangement.

The Carmarthen v. Rhyl match on Saturday is still scheduled to go ahead at the moment.


The Rhyl v Carmarthen League of Wales match scheduled for this Saturday, the 16th of September, has fallen victim to the Fuel Crisis. Keep visiting for details of any re-arrangement.


Fitlock Welsh Alliance (16/9)

Reserves manager Bob Logan will be pleased with the three points in a game that promised a lot but in the end failed to deliver. The Reserves were boosted by first team players Steve Jones who played at centre half, and Aaron Thomas who played up front. All of the goals were scored in a frantic first half with the hosts taking the lead after only five minutes. Alan Jones on second forms from Llandudno fed a free kick into the near post area, and Andy Davies volleyed home just inside the post for a well taken goal. Rhyl levelled a minute later, Phil Graham fed through a great ball and Karl Evans got there to round the keeper to fire home. Rhyl took the lead in the 20th minute when striker Simon Wallis raced on to a poor backpass and shot into the corner of the net. Wallis then scored again in the 20th minute when he latched onto to Sean Morgan's excellent through ball and finished in style for his fifth goal of the season. Jones then fired inches wide for Gele before reducing the arrears in the 32nd minute slotting home past Jason Turner after a Davies flick on. Turner had to be replaced four minutes into the second half as he was feeling unwell, and Dave Rowlands cane on as goalkeeper substitute. Thomas fired over the bar after good work by Graham, and was thwarted by the keeper after a flowing move. Rowlands was in the action on 61 minutes saving a Matty Kitts header while two minutes later Wallis should have completed his hat-trick blazing over the bar after a great run by Leighton Sumner who left two defenders in his wake. Liam Murray and Evans fired over for Rhyl but they had to defend well two minutes from time when after an almighty scramble Sean Morgan cleared off the line, but they held on for a deserved win overall.

Rhyl: Turner (Rowlands), Morgan, Smith, Owens, S Jones, R Jones, Sumner (Parry), Graham, Wallis, Thomas (Murray) K Evans

Two set for debut tonight (19/9)
New-signings Samuel O Japaph from Nigeria and Tony Rigby from Runcorn look set to make their debuts for the club in tonight's match against Bangor City at Belle Vue. Rhyl will be missing the suspended Lee Trundle and will also be without Steve Cooper who has been released.

If tonight's game is anywhere near as exciting as the 'away' fixture then it will be well worth coming along. Kick Off is 7:30pm. 

Tuesday Result (19/9)
RHYL 1 BANGOR CITY 0 (League Cup)
Rhyl gained three much needed League Cup points in this enjoyable encounter at a rainswept Belle Vue. With five playes out due to injury and suspension Brian Kettle was forced to play players out of position against a full strength Bangor City team.
The first half was an even affair with both goalkeepers being on top form to prevent any scoring. The second half followed very much the same pattern until a corner from the right on 76' was met with a bullet header from Tony Hughes and tapped over the line by Steve Jones.

J Turner, R Goldbourne, D Fuller, T Hughes, SMoran, S Japah, T Rigby, D Barton, S Jones, M Doherty. subs not used: A Thomas, D Embleton, LMurray.

Newtown v Rhyl ko 2.30pm

Rhyl will go into Saturday's match in great heart after at last showing some form on Tuesday night in the Gilbert Cup against Bangor City. Newtown's well appointed Latham Park has never been a happy hunting ground however, and Rhyl will have to perform well to get anything from the game. Leading scorer Lee Trundle will be back after suspension and Gary Curtis could return if he passes a fitness test.

Rhyl usually take a large following to Mid Wales so if you can make it to the game please do so, the players appreciate your support.

Due to a short break, the match report and result will not appear on these pages until Monday afternoon.

Newtown 2 Rhyl 0 (LoW)

Rhyl did enough to deserve a share of the spoils in todays match at Latham Park, but despite extended periods of pressure in the latter stages it was Newtown who killed the game off when Williams lobbed over Danny Embleton shortly before the end.

Newtown shaded the first half with some clever wing play and fast inter-play, going ahead after 40' when Justin Whickham fired low into the corner of the net. Rhyl played with greater vigour after the interval but were unable to find a way past some resolute home defending. A sustained period of pressure in a frantic last twenty minutes failed to see a Rhyl goal, with Newtown going on to seal it themselves five minutes before the end.

Rhyl: D Embleton, R Goldbourne, D Fuller (S Moran), M Powell, T Hughes, G McCosh, M Doherty, T Rigby, S Jones (A Thomas), L Trundle, S O' Japah. Sub not used: J Turner

Attendance: 239

Rhyl Reserves 1 Caerwys 1

A disappointing performance saw the Lilywhites miss their chance to top the league table. Phil Graham sent Simon Wallis through in the 6th minute only for 17 year old keeper Joe Griffith to make a good save. A minute later Nicky Voyle slipped the ball past Jamie Jones in goal, but Andy Evans was on hand to clear the ball off the line. Russell Jones was next to be denied by Griffith his shot turned away, Griffith was only a spectator on 12 minutes when Wallis thundered a volley against the bar after a good cross by Sean Morgan. On 17 minutes the teenage keeper made the save of the game, Karl Evans curling a shot into the top corner but the agile keeper rose to turn it for a corner. The Lillywhites took the lead in the 32nd minute, Wallis and Evans combined and Leighton Sumner was on hand at the far post to smash the ball home. Sumner then put a 20 yarder wide and Wallis was denied by the keeper as he latched onto a poor backpass. The visitors were awarded a controversial penalty in the 39th minute, when James Brewerton was adjudged to have committed a foul, Simon Rose sent Jones the wrong way with the spot kick. Karl Evans then had a goal disallowed for offside and Griffith then saved from Russell Jones and Alan Evans before the break. The second half took time to come to life, Wallis was denied a goal by a tackle by Mike Davies after good work by Craig Marchbank. At the other end Adam Philips crashed an effort against the bar. Jones then spilled a Philips shot and Voyle fired over the bar from three feet out. This seemed to spur Rhyl on, Sumner flicked a header wide and in the 83rd minute turned well in the box but his shot was inches wide of the far post with the keeper beaten. In the final minute there was a loud appeal for a penalty after a hand ball in the area but the referee turned down the Rhyl protests.

Rhyl: Jamie Jones, Sean Morgan, Jim Smith, Andy Evans, James Brewerton, Phil Graham, Leighton Sumner, Alan Evans (Craig Marchbank) Simon Wallis, Russell Jones (Dean Jones), Karl Evans.


Clwyd League Division One
Rhyl Thirds 3 Prestatyn Town Reserves 2
Scorers: Martin Trigg (2) Neil Jones

North Wales Coast FA Under 13 Challenge Cup
Rhyl Juniors 3 Mynydd Isa 1

Clwyd Junior League - Under 16
Rhyl Colts 8 Caerwys Youth 1


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