February 2, 2014 Leave a comment
AN action packed game saw both teams battling the elements as well as each other in a feisty encounter writes Alex Bartley.
A second half goal glut saw strikes from Liam Benson, Steve Lewis, Mark Cadwallader and a Dave Forbes double cancel out Port Talbot’s first half lead.
A turbulent wind raged around the Corbett Sports Stadium creating havoc with any high balls and Port Talbot took full advantage of having the wind on their side as they pressed for an opening goal while Rhyl struggled to settle into the match.
Ten minutes into the game and Port Talbot’s pressure paid off with the wind playing a part. Lewis Harling picked the ball up 25 yards out and saw his shot take a deflection before looping into the air above a helpless Alex Ramsay who could nothing but watch as the ball blew into the far left corner.
The hosts best spell came five minutes before half time with Carlos Rocca sending a stinging shot straight into the hands of Steven Hall before Steve Lewis appeared to fall under a challenge in the box but the referee showed yellow to the Rhyl forward for simulation and the teams went in at the break with the score 1-0 to Port Talbot.
The decent spell before the break seemed to have spurred Rhyl into a higher gear and within five minutes of the restart, the Lilywhites were 2-1 up.
Two goals in two minutes left the Rhyl bench dancing with joy. Liam Benson scored the first after dancing through the Port Talbot defenders and poking the ball goal wards where it took a deflection past the stumped Steven Hall and into the net.
One minute later and Steve Lewis sent a delightful lobbed half volley over the keeper after being put through on goal by a chipped Paul McManus pass.
Dave Forbes then got in on the act after latching onto a through ball from Tom Donegan before keeping his cool and slotting past the oncoming Steven Hall to give Rhyl a commanding 3-1 lead.
Nerves were tested however, when only seven minutes later; Ashley Evans fired a strike into the bottom right corner from the edge of the area bringing the Steelmen back to within one goal of the Lilywhites.
All hopes of a Port Talbot revival were scuppered when Rhyl netted twice in two minutes again. A long shot from Steve Lewis could only be parried by Steven Hall and Dave Forbes was alert to pounce on the loose ball and turn it home.
Mark Cadwallader then wrapped it up for the Lilywhites only 60 seconds later when a perfectly weighted Carlos Roca cross just evaded the heads of the Port Talbot defenders and dropped to the midfielder who volleyed his low shot past Hall and into the right corner.
Rhyl FC 5 Liam Benson 48′ Stephen Lewis 50′ David Forbes 61′ 77′
Mark Cadwallader 78′
Port Talbot Town 2 Lewis Harling 11′ Ashley Evans 68′
Rhyl FC: 1. Alex Ramsay, 18. Shaun Dowling, 14. Ryan Astles, 5. Stefan Halewood, 3. Liam Benson, 23. Carlos Roca (22. Tom Roberts 89′), 25. Mark Cadwallader, 8. Paul McManus, 9. Steve Lewis (19. Jonathan Bathurst 89′), 17. David Forbes, 12. Tom Donegan (7. Danny Hughes 70′). Subs not used: 34. Michael Walsh, 16. Danny Laverty, 27. Tom Jones, 26. Niki-Lee Bulmer (gk)
Red Cards: None
Yellow Cards: Dowling 22′ Lewis 43′ McManus 60′
Port Talbot Town: 29. Steven Hall, 2. Ryan Green, 8. Lewis Harling, 5. Lee Surman, 19. Adie Harris (10. Carl Payne 89′), 26. Rhys Griffiths, 11. Lee John, 4. Ashley Evans, 9. Martin Rose (15. Jake Parry 80′), 6. Gethin Jones, 39. David Brooks (18. Jason Bertorelli 46′). Subs not used: 12. Leigh De Vulgt, 1. Conah McFenton (gk)
Red Cards: None
Yellow Cards: None
Attendance: 481 Referee: Huw Jones