The Lillywhites and Seasiders reached round four of the Welsh Cup with relative ease on Saturday – but both teams will be heading west for tricky ties on the other side of the New Year.
Rhyl coasted past Penrhyncoch 6-0 in their biggest competitive win of the season – Rio Ahmadi came off the subs bench to score twice, lifting a mood which turned sour after Alex Jones was sent off for an altercation with Gareth Mansell, who also saw red.
Their reward is a trip to face one of Saturday’s headline makers, Caernarfon Town, who dumped out Carmarthen Town 3-1 with two goals for top scorer Jamie Breese. Rhyl can take heart from knowing they were easy winners over the Canaries in the Nathaniel MG Cup back in September – Ahmadi was also at the double in a 5-1 win.
Unbeaten Huws Gray Alliance leaders Prestatyn had to survive a scare against Holyhead Hotspur – but Ben Maher sealed a 2-1 victory late in extra time, though Town could and should have capitalised on Damien Ketley’s opening goal in the sixth minute.
Nonetheless, they’ll face another team of Seasiders. Aberystwyth Town put the breaks on Holywell Town’s hopes of an upset at Park Avenue, winning 2-1. It was tonic for an otherwise sub-par season to date, which has yielded just five league wins from sixteen games – Matty Bishop’s men sit just two points above the drop zone in the Welsh Premier.
Both ties will be played on the weekend of Friday 27th – Saturday 29th January.