Rhyl 3 Caersws 1

CAERSWS could not complete a second round upset at Rhyl as the Huws Gray Alliance side proved too strong at Belle Vue.

The Seasiders started the match on top with Kristian Pierce going close before Ben Nash forced Caersws goalkeeper Luke Evans into action.

Home goalkeeper Rory Crowther was also tested early on with Elliot Jones and Rhydian Davies going close before Phil Jones tested the Rhyl No1.

Caersws were dealt a blow on the stroke of half-time with the returning Jolyon Harries ruled to have handled in the area with Pierce slotting home the penalty.

Evans was called upon to deny Aaron Hassall at the start of the second-half before Joe Sullivan was frustrated for the hosts.

However the pressure told with Rhyl sealing victory with two goals in as many minutes on the hour.

Liam Chambers burst into the area to release Sullivan to fire home and with Caersws still reeling their defence froze from a corner as Reece Fairhurst capitalised to put the tie to bed.

Rhyl continued to press with Sullivan testing Evans before Chambers headed wide.

Caersws reduced the arrears with Davies heading home with eight minutes remaining and despite dominating the remainder of the tie the damage was already done as Rhyl held firm for glory.

Player coach Gareth Jones said: “We’re massively disappointed. The penalty was harsh and changed the dynamics of the game.

“We competed and played some great football but when you don’t covert them into goals in any game you get punished and Rhyl did that clinically.

“We also lacked a cutting edge defensively with their second and third goal which ultimately killed us off in the end.”

CAERSWS: L Evans, Parr, Harris, L Jones, Richards, G Jones, Harries, J Jones, E Jones, Davies, P Jones. Subs: A Harries, Gordon, Watson