Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 16 Aug 2008
at Belle Vue
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Neil Morgan
The new-look Rhyl side made an impressive start to the Principality Welsh Premier season, under recently appointed senior coach Allan Bickerstaff.
The Lilywhites took the lead on 12 minutes when skipper Greg Stones played a neat one-two with former Wrexham striker Neil Roberts before firing in off the post. Mark Connolly's 25-yard free-kick came back off the upright before the home team made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute.
Jamie Reed won possession in the area and Neil Roberts whipped a stunning strike into the top corner. Reed then chested wide from a Gareth Owen centre before Danny Williams' curling cross-cum-shot forced Robins' keeper David Jones into a desperate save. Newtown had been non-existent as an attacking force until on 76 minutes Neil Mitchell volleyed in an Adam Worton cross at the back post, but the scorer was controversially adjudged offside.
A visiting goal could have made the closing stages very interesting, but Rhyl settled all arguments four minutes from time when a long ball over the top of the defence by Connolly bounced kindly for Reed, who chipped in number three.