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Rhyl FC v TNS
J T Hughes Mitsubishi Welsh Premier
Easter Sunday 11 April 2004: Away: Belle Vue

 
Jimmy Aggrey in action during the Challenge Cup game at Belle Vue earlier this season.
ALTHOUGH many fans regard Easter Sunday's head-to-head with Rhyl as the day of destiny, both managers are playing down the game's importance.
Rhyl manager John Hulse insists it will not be a title decider.
And TNS manager Ken McKenna says that all a win for either side would do it provide a big psychological boost.
Both teams have played 27 matches and each has 64 points. However, Rhyl are in pole position as they have a better goal difference of seven.
"People are calling it the title decider but it isn't," said Hulse.
"If there's a winner they will go three points ahead, but there will still be four games left to go.
"So whoever wins on Sunday could lose their next game, the team which loses on Sunday could win their next match and we're back to square one.
"There's still some very tough games left for both sides and there could be a few twists and turns before the end of the season."
Rhyl go into the match as the league's form team, unbeaten in 25 league games and just one defeat all season.
The game has added interest because no less than six of Rhyl's current squad were formerly with the Saints - brothers Gary and Mark Powell, Timmy Edwards, Marc Limbert, Gareth Wilson and Robbie Wood.
TNS have struggled in some recent league games, drawing at Caernarfon and losing at home to Caersws.
But McKenna says: "If we play the way we can then we will have no problems."
The Lilywhites and the Saints have met three times this term. In November, Rhyl won 3-2 at Treflan with a late Andy Moran goal.
TNS gained part revenge with a 1-0 home victory in the Loosemores Challenge Cup quarter final first leg, but in the return at Belle Vue, they lost 3-1, despite scoring first.
Rhyl will be looking to Moran, the Welsh Premier's leading scorer with 23 goals, to penetrate the Saints' defence, while for the Saints, Jamie Wood and Mike Wilde have 28 goals between them in the league this season.
But with so much at stake, a low scoring game with defences dominating looks on the cards.
9 April 2021
 
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