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Rhyl FC 4-2 Stoke City

IT MIGHT only have been a friendly fixture, but this game will live long in the memories of the Rhyl supporters!
Stoke City paid Rhyl the compliment of bringing their entire first team squad to Belle Vue, which included new signing Ed De Goey, the Dutch international goalkeeper, although he did not figure in the game.
Make no bones about the result, Rhyl gave Nationwide League Stoke a good game, and for their killer instinct in front of goal fully deserved their 4-2 win.
Stoke dominated the opening stages and should really have gone ahead but for some wayward finishing in front of goal.
Rhyl showed them how it was done when Steve Walters' beautifully flighted left wing corner was headed home by James Brewerton.
Gareth Wilson made the most of a defensive lapse by Thomas to race through and fire home the second, and Andy Moran curled an exquisite third shortly afterwards.
Rhyl were almost gifted a fourth when an overhit backpass from a defender almost beat his own goalkeeper.
The early stages of the second half followed the same pattern and Rhyl went further ahead when Andy Moran headed home a fourth amid confusion in the home ranks.
At 4-0, Rhyl undertandably tired, playing their fourth game in a week. Stoke finished the game stronger, pulling back two goals, the pick of them being the second when Commons turned the defence inside-out before slotting home.
Rhyl goalkeeper Paul Smith was kept busy all night, making some real top drawer saves, but the whole team deserved the accolade for toppling another full-time outfit.
Attendance: 1077

5 August 2021