Caernarfon Town 2 Rhyl 6
STYLISH Rhyl again looked the part as serious title contenders when they demolished troubled Caernarfon with a six-hit show that was as spectacular at the scoreline suggests.
As for the still win-less Canaries, who are propping up the table, their struggle against relegation is becoming an increasing concern.
“We could have scored a few more goals,” said the Lilywhites’ contented manager John Hulse.
“Overall, we were very effective and dominated the game from start to finish, although we were disappointed to have one goal disallowed for offside when it appeared otherwise.
“To Caernarfon’s credit, they never gave up.”
Home boss Steve O’Shaughnessy said: “It was very disappointing again because we gave four goals away by letting Rhyl get into our penalty box.
“It is obvious that I have got to bring in new players and shake things up if we are to turn the club’s fortunes around”.
Among the game’s extraordinary features was Rhyl defender George Horan’s dubious distinction of scoring at both ends barely 60 seconds apart.
The central defender had the misfortune to head past his own keeper on 83 minutes when trying to divert a right-wing cross from Caernarfon’s best player, Chris Jones.
But Horan atoned immediately, moving upfield to power a winning 10-yard header from Carl Clampitt’s left-wing centre.
Also there were seemingly serious injures to referee’s assistant Karen Williams, who collapsed with a leg problem, and Rhyl full-back Stuart Graves, with a damaged shoulder.
The casualties were taken in the same ambulance to hospital for attention.
Rhyl’s rampage began after quarter-of-an-hour when Lee Hunt headed in James Brewerton’s centre from the left and captain Timmy Edwards doubled the score on 26 minutes from Andy Moran’s lob.
The second half was barely 30 seconds old, when Hunt struck again, getting a three-yard tap-in and Alex Hay hit the fourth goal from 20 yards on 65 minutes.
Town’s long suffering fans had something to cheer briefly when Paul Carvill replied from a 76th minute free-kick, followed by Horan’s own-goal on 83.
But Rhyl raised the final tally to half-a-dozen through Horan’s goal at the right end on 84 minutes and Hay’s late strike deep into the six minutes of stoppage-time added on by referee Lee Evans.