Rhyl preview

The New Saints Football Club will take on Rhyl FC tomorrow at the Corbett Sports Stadium.


The Welsh Premier League match will kick off at 14:30pm and it will be the first time that Rhyl has played against TNS in the League since April 2010. On that occasion, The Saints triumphed 2-1 thanks to goals from Scott Ruscoe and Chris Sharp.


Rhyl who are nicknamed The Lilywhites are managed by former Bolton Wanderers man Greg Strong and currently sit in 8th place.  Last season Rhyl were promoted from the Huws Gray Alliance after winning 29 of their 34 League fixtures and scoring 95 goals along the way.


The two clubs met last season in the last 16 of the Welsh Cup, with The Saints running out 5-1 victors thanks to goals from Chris Seargeant, Matty Williams, Kai Edwards, Ryan Fraughan and Mike Wilde.


Craig Harrison spoke of his admiration for Rhyl and said that, ‘Rhyl have traditionally been a very good club and when they won the League, they had a lot of really good players, including Matty Williams. Historically they are well supported and I have got a bit of a soft spot for Belle Vue and i really like going to watch football games there. I have been there quite a bit over the years and the whole place has a really nice feel to it.’


The former Airbus UK manager is also looking forward to see some familiar faces, ‘I have a lot of connections there. John Leah was a physio of mine and is a club legend here at TNS. They have got Mark Cadwallader there and he is a good friend of mine. Paul McManus, Matty Woodward and Alex Ramsey have all played for me and I am really looking forward to the game. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways!’


The referee for the match will be Gudmundur Gudmundsson who is from Iceland.