New-look Prestatyn Town’s improvement continued on Thursday night with a cracking performance at fellow Cymru North side Llandudno.
Despite losing this behind-closed-doors friendly – not by much – to an excellent team currently second in the table, the revamped visitors did themselves and the club proud.
The management team of Andrew Ruscoe, John ‘Barney’ Barnes and Paddy Hamid were very impressed by what was on show.
Veteran striker Steve Lewis, the former Rhyl and Bangor City man who recently signed for Prestatyn, also contributed his wisdom both on and off the pitch.
Speaking after the game, the PTFC managers said: “Another positive performance from our Prestatyn Town players. 15 days ago we had literally 5 or 6 players left and now we have a squad of hungry men dying to play a game of football for this fantastic club.
“Tonight we played Llandudno who are 4 points off the top and I think we gave them a very good game.
“The lads worked hard, created opportunities and played very good football. Considering we haven’t trained, the lads have really gelled together and grafted for one another. “
Andrew Ruscoe added: “Once again some excellent individual performances. A long directed ball from goalkeeper Callum Roberts, who is getting better each game, created our first goal and our second came from new signing Bruno Miguel being direct with his run and using his wizardly feet to run at the Llandudno defence to win a free kick which was turned in by Garry Law, who has been immense since signing for the club. Garry is just so strong and direct it’s a pleasure to have him on board.
“It was great to see Ash Dale back playing. He was solid tonight, Sean Robbo put a fantastic shift in again and Paddy was excellent in breaking the Llandudno play up.
“In all fairness every single one the lads are really showing their quality and Barney and myself are immensely proud of the lads but I also want to pay a tribute to the young lads who have come through our academy.
“Luca Bennett, Harrison Roberts, Mckenzie Collier, Elliot Turner and Ryan Gordon, aged 16-18, have all been incredible since we have come in. They graft like hell, never moan, they go about their business positively and give it their all for the club.
“There is a good united camp building here at present and I want to thank Ste Lewis who has come in with such a positive mindset. Ste continues to pass his experience and knowledge when he’s on and off the pitch since he’s signed.
“Tonight he was so involved in helping the players it was hugely impressive. He really wants to give back to the game. He is a true leader and great mentor for these lads.
“I have to mention this too, because I am so proud of him as a coach who’s been involved in his footy because I tried to get him at Cefn Druids when he was 18 and no-one listened to me about his ability or believed in him, but ⭐Seb Kidd ⭐ was a unit up front this evening.
Even (Llandudno manager) Sean Eardley said ‘who the hell is he, he’s brilliant’. The lad is an engine and for his size he’s frightening once he starts running at you.
“I’m hoping the results will start coming soon because it feels like it’s starting to come together. I’m sure we have turned this all around now.”
Andrew added: “I am so grateful to be working alongside John Barnes, who is incredible and I want to thank our management team of Ryan Turner, Chris Dean, Mikey McClelland, Phil and Ray the kit man.
“Without these guys we wouldn’t have been able to have rebuilt the foundations that we have built so far.”