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CPD Porthmadog v
Rhyl FC

Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 19 Apr 2008
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 357

Referee: Kerry Morgan

Porthmadog's 'Great Escape' as Hughes is Hero

A PRECIOUS goal by Richard Hughes on 58 minutes, heading into the net from close range following a free kick, completed Porthmadog's dramatic escape from relegation. That particular contribution was special in another respect as well because it secured The Traeth team their only home win of the entire season at the 17th attempt.

Club secretary Gerallt Owen had also worked out that Porthmadogs last home league win had been 420 days earlier, against Newi Cefn Druids on February 24, 2007. The moment that sparked the celebrations occurred when Marcus Orlik fired the setpiece from out on the right low into Rhyl's penalty box. The ball was only half cleared towards Hughes, who powered a five-yard header beyond 'keeper John Gann.

Porthmadog's stopper Richard Harvey had been called into action in the game's opening quarter to divert a free-kick from Mark Connolly around a post and later he launched into a full-length dive to deny a header from the same player. The hosts claimed a penalty when Orlik appeared to be the victim of a body check in the box, and they were also exasperated when Carl Owen took a through pass from debutant Matthew Hughes only to fire outside a post. Rhyl stepped up the tempo but the defence stood firm.