NORTH WALES COAST EAST PREMIER DIVISION
CPD Y Rhyl 1879 3 (Staveley 22, Worthington 41, Edwards 64)
Glan Conwy 0
Rhyl 1879 stretched their season-long unbeaten run in the league to 19 matches and edged to within two points of leaders Prestatyn Sports with four games in hand following a comfortable win over Glan Conwy at Belle Vue.
It took Gareth Thomas’ side a while to get going, with the visitors determined to stop them from playing any free-flowing football.
The home side’s first real goal threat came on 19 minutes when midfielder Oliver Staveley let fly from 20 yards with a fierce strike which did not miss by much.
Danny Edwards, an early replacement for the injured Dan Sim, fed an exquisite ball into the box for Carl Lamb to drill across the six-yard area, but a last-gasp challenge prevented Kieran Ellis from getting a shot off.
The deadlock was broken on 22 minutes when a long throw from the left by Ellis saw Staveley rise highest to head home.
Rhyl added a second on 41 minutes when Ellis delivered a great cross for Jordan Worthington to head in.
The hosts could have been out of sight by half time had close range headers by Lamb and Ellis not both hit the post.
Glan Conwy worked hard at the beginning of the second half and started to create some half-chances.
Their only on-target effort, though, came from a Conor Davies 20-yarder which keeper Ryan Roberts dealt with fairly comfortably.
In the 64th minute the match was all but over as a contest – and what a goal it was to clinch the points.
Worthington and substitute Tom Cain combined with slick passes to find Edwards, who from the left and just outside the box guided a beautiful shot beyond diving keeper Owen Booth.
Glan kept trying to make their mark, blasting a few shots off target, but still the hosts looked the more likely to score, Ellis going closest on a couple of occasions.
Three more points for Rhyl 1879, whose dream of going through an entire league campaign unbeaten remains a genuine prospect.
Ryan Roberts, Warren Adam, Zac Tyler-Holland (Eamon Buhalfaia 67), Miles Todd (Gerwyn Roberts 70), James Jones, Oliver Staveley (Elliott Evans 45), Jordan Worthington, Dan Sim (Danny Edwards 17), Kieran Ellis, Carl Lamb, Leon Atkins (Tom Cain 55).
Owen Booth, Daniel Prince, Liam Griffiths, Sam Birchall, Mark Orme, Charlie Jones, Keating Hoe-Pike, Conor Davies, N/A (Tom Harrison 54), Adam Jones, Matty Sykes (Dan Forber 61)