NATHANIEL MG CUP QUARTER FINAL
GAP CONNAH’S QUAY v RHYL (7.45pm ko, The Deeside Stadium)
Red cards, bad luck and bad tempers have hindered Rhyl’s Welsh Premier progress since making the league cup quarter finals.
Earlier this month, Kristian Pierce’s penalty helped the Lillywhites get past Llandudno in the second round.
Since then, they’ve been severely punished by both Aberystwyth Town and Bangor City in the league. Alex Jones’ red card at Aber means he’s still serving a three game ban. We can also rule out Arron Simpson, who was sent off for two rash challenges as Rhyl imploded at Bangor City on Saturday night.
Even Niall McGuinness was sent to the stands as they threw away a 2-0 half time lead and ended up going down 3-2 – their fourth league defeat on the bounce. But expect the manager to be back on the touchline tonight when they aim to make the Nathaniel MG Cup semis on Deeside.
McGuinness will be opting to mix in first team regulars with those vying to make the cut as Sunday’s clash with Cardiff Met nears. James Bell made his return at Nantporth on Saturday night, followed towards the final whistle by Stefan Halewood, whose set to start this evening against the as-yet-unbeaten Nomads – second in the WPL table with six wins and six draws.
Elsewhere, the two Towns – Prestatyn and Denbigh – have learnt their opponents for the quarter finals of this season’s Huws Gray Cup.
Denbigh will be on the road to visit holders Caernarfon Town while the Seasiders welcome back Guilsfeld to Bastion Gardens.
All four quarter finals have been scheduled to take place on New Year’s Eve – but expect the ties to be rearranged.