JOHN HULSE'S Rhyl side took a massive step towards clinching third place with a well-deserved victory over a stubborn Druids outfit at Belle Vue on Friday.
Hulse was full of praise for his team's performance, even though they did not produce the goals their overall dominance merited.
“I thought it was our best performance for some time,” said the Lilies boss. “Druids were hard to break down and very experienced, but I thought we should have won by a few more.”
In a first half of few clear chances, Rhyl went closest when Lee Hunt's header was nodded off the line by ex-team mate Mark Powell.
Druids put together a good move just before the break, Mike Thompson cutting the ball back for former Wrexham striker Karl Connolly, whose chip landed on top of the net.
The visitors nearly took the lead seven minutes into the second period when a poor clearance by home keeper Lee Kendall was returned with interest from inside his own half by Kevin Holsgrove, but his spectacular effort missed the goal by inches.
On 54 minutes a slick build-up by Rhyl produced the deciding goal.
Greg Stones hit a shot from outside the box which Chris Mullock failed to hold and Hunt pounced for his 22nd of the season.
Chris Sharp was out of luck in the 71st minute when his near post volley from a Mike White centre via the left rattled the woodwork and in injury time Holsgrove went close