Hulse concedes after bore draw
RHYL manager John Hulse says the title race is over after watching his side held to goal-less draw by a lack-lustre Saints at Belle Vue.
"Much as it hurts me to say it, I think that's it," he said. "It's theirs to throw away."
But TNS boss Ken McKenna was far from happy: "It was a horrible pitch, a horrible game and I'm glad to come away with a draw," he said.
"It's not over by a long way, especially if we keep playing like that. We lacked composure in the last quarter, had four good chances and snatched at them all.
"We needed a cool head in front of goal and didn't have one."
Sub Carl Lamb had been the main culprit in missing chances, miskicking from point-blank range when Rhyl keeper John Gann could only parry a Scott Ruscoe cross from the byeline.
The striker also headed agonisingly wide moments later after Greg Stones had flicked-on a Ruscoe cross.
But a goal would have been more than TNS deserved after a dire opening spell in which they sat back and allowed the Lillies to dominate and were fortunate to escape with a clean sheet.
A deep cross from Chris Roberts was hooked back across goal by Jamie Brewerton and George Horan's header was cleared off the line by Phil Baker. The ball then fell to Conall Murtagh, whose right-footer was blocked on the line by Michael Jackson.
The main threat came from set pieces, with Rhyl otherwise restricted to long range efforts, and it was 36 minutes before TNS threatened despite dominating first-half possession 60-40.
Keeper John Gann dropped a Stones cross under pressure from Michael Wilde and Jamie Wood's effort was blocked by Brewerton. A long throw from Duane Courtney also caused confusion in the home rearguard, but Wood was just wide with his attempt.
Five minutes into the second-half, keeper Ged Doherty raised alarms when his attempted clearance rebounded off Lee Hunt and luckily flew to safety before the Saints' best effort at breaking the deadlock. John Leah's 30-yard free-kick deflected off the Rhyl wall and crashed against the bar with Gann beaten.
Ruscoe's header provided an opening for Wilde, but he nodded wide and Rhyl almost responded when Andy Moran lashed a shot into the side netting after being put in by Lee Hunt.