The run-in to the Welsh Premier season will be another spent in the Play Off Conference for Rhyl, despite the stated aim of manager Niall McGuinness to aim for the top six.
Europa League football is still not out of the question with seventh spot still a possibility if the Lillywhites pick up form. But as the league splits, they find themselves only two points above the drop zone with the likes of neighbours Prestatyn Town poised to return to the top flight next season – unless the politics of the domestic licence issue intervenes.
It will be another couple of weeks yet before Phase Two kicks into gear with cup football on the horizon. Once the dust settles, Rhyl will kick off at home to Cefn Druids on Saturday 4th February in what may already look like a pivotal six-pointer.
The campaign just as the first phase did with the ‘Donkey Derby’ against Llandudno on Saturday 22nd April – what remains to be seen is whether the Lillies can survive another toughgoing season, and maybe, even going into extra time in the race for Europe.
RHYL FC – Dafabet Welsh Premier League
Phase Two fixtures
SATURDAY 4TH FEBRUARY: CEFN DRUIDS (H) – 3pm ko, Belle Vue
SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY: NEWTOWN (A) – 2.30pm ko, Latham Park
SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY: AIRBUS UK BROUGHTON (A) – 2.30pm ko, The Airfield
FRIDAY 3RD MARCH: ABERYSTWYTH TOWN (H) – 7.45pm ko, Belle Vue
FRIDAY 10TH MARCH: LLANDUDNO (A) – 7.45pm ko, Maesdu Park
FRIDAY 17TH MARCH: CEFN DRUIDS (A) – 7.45pm ko, The Rock
SUNDAY 26TH MARCH: NEWTOWN (H) – 3pm ko, Belle Vue
SATURDAY 8TH APRIL: AIRBUS UK BROUGHTON (H) – 3pm, Belle Vue
FRIDAY 14TH APRIL: ABERYSTWYTH TOWN (A) – 7.45pm ko, Park Avenue
SATURDAY 22ND APRIL: LLANDUDNO (H) – 5.15pm ko, Belle Vue