Newly-formed CPD Y Rhyl 1879 have made a great start to the 2021-22 season.
Gareth Thomas’ side have played 19 matches in all competitions to date, winning 16, drawing one and losing just twice.
Their only defeats have come versus Cymru Premier champions Connah’s Quay Nomads in the Welsh Cup and tier 3 Llanrwst United in the FAW Amateur Trophy. No shame there whatsoever.
Rhyl 1879 have won their last 10 in a row and are the only unbeaten side in the tier 4 North Wales Coast East Premier Division – 9 wins and a draw and lying in third place.
Former Chesterfield and The New Saints striker Carl Lamb is leading the way with 20 goals, but the squad has several other players capable of finding the net on a regular basis.
Here is a look back at that perfect 10 which has put Rhyl 1879 in the spotlight….
Sep 11: Kinmel Bay (home – Cookson Cup) 2-1
A 77th minute goal from Reece Fairhurst clinched a narrow cup win for 1879 against their neighbours.
Casey Faulker had earlier put Rhyl in front before Euan Taylor equalised.
Sep 25: Llansannan (home – league) 4-1
Carl Lamb (2, 1 pen), Dan Lloyd and Macauley Taylor delivered the goals in a comfortable win at Belle Vue. Gruffudd Roberts responded for Llansannan.
Oct 2: Rhuddlan Town (away – league) 6-2
Elliott Evans notched a hat-trick for the visitors, who went a goal down to a Matty Rees strike.
Zac Tyler-Holland, Mike Walsh and substitute Ryan Hassett sealed a big victory for the visitors, Josh Brown bagging Rhuddlan’s second.
Oct 9: Kinmel Bay (home – league) 3-2
A remarkable game at Belle Vue saw Rhyl trail 2-1 with the 90 minutes up, only for added time strikes from Carl Lamb and a Reece Fairhurst 35-yard stunner with the clock on 94 to turn the tables.
Matty Marsh-Evans and Ryan Hulse put Kinmel two-up, and when Lamb missed a penalty for the hosts it looked like it would be one of those days for Gareth Thomas’ side.
But Lamb halved the arrears three minutes after failing. However, no-one was prepared for that added time drama. Kinmel Bay also had keeper Josh Wilmot and Nick Jones sent off.
Oct 16: Llandudno Junction (home – league) 7-1
In contrast to the Kinmel tussle, this was a much more comfortable ride for 1879.
Zac Tyler-Holland notched a hat-trick, Macauley Taylor 2, Carl Lamb and Elliott Evans one apiece.
Oct 23: Mochdre Sports (home – league) 2-0
Mike Walsh and Jordan Worthington, with goals on 31 and 53 minutes respectively, secured a hard-earned win for the hosts.
Nov 6: Meliden (home – Cookson Cup) 3-0
In the second round of the Cookson Cup, Rhyl progressed with goals from Tom Cain, Carl Lamb and Leon Atkins.
Nov 20: Llansannan (away – league) 8-2
Carl Lamb was on target three times in a comprehensive away victory.
Jordan Worthington netted the first two goals, Dan Sim, Ryan Hassett and an own goal making up the eight.
Nov 27: Bro Cernyw (away – league) 3-1
In difficult conditions, 1879 proved they had the grit to battle out a result as well as win in style.
Kieran Ellis (2) and Reece Fairhurst booked a hard-earned three points.
Dec 4: Nefyn United (away – North Wales Coast Intermediate Cup) 2-1
Carl Lamb’s deadly finish early in the second half earned Rhyl a last 16 place.
Another difficult test at Cae’r Delyn, but Lamb and an earlier goal from Kieran Ellis proved enough and made it 10 wins on the bounce.