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Late goal wins it for Robins

REPORT - Robins 3-2 Rhyl

Robins_vs_Rhyl___1_Nick Rushton’s late strike saw the Robins come out on top in a thrilling five goal encounter at Latham Park.

The Robins went into the game in fine form, and Jason Oswell fired home an early goal before Stefan Halewood’s long range strike levelled things up.

Oswell tapped home again in the second half but again Newtown were pegged back when Kristian Pierce slotted home a penalty.

However it was to be Newtown who had the final say as Rushton kept his composure to slot home and earn his side the three points.

It was a bottom of the table clash that both sides needed to win, and that showed in the opening exchanges as both pushed for an early lead.

Rhyl showed the energy, coming forward at every opportunity in the opening ten minutes but to no avail.

The Robins too showed their attacking threat as Oswell failed to connect to a Craig Williams corner, before the full back saw a deflected shot fly wide in the same passage of play.

Newtown kept up the pressure and grabbed themselves an early goal after just 11 minutes.

Williams’ deep cross was headed back into the mix by Shane Sutton for Neil Mitchell whose volley was parried, but Oswell was on the spot to tap home.

Seconds later it could have been two as Jamie Price’s long range effort zipped off the greasy surface and was palmed out by Dan Lavercombe.

Oswell ran in for the re-bound but seemed to be upended in doing so with Newtown calling for a penalty, however Dean John waved away the claims.

Rhyl’s first shot of the game is one that will stick long in the memory.

Skipper Halewood looked every inch a top class finisher as he fired into the top corner from 35 yards out leaving Jack Perry with no chance.

Sutton came close to restoring the lead in 22 minutes but glanced over, before the captain chested the ball down to defensive partner Kieran Mills-Evans who dragged a shot wide.

Rhyl squandered a great chance seven minutes before the break, their best effort of the half.

A cross was headed into the mix by Chris Rimmer with Josh Davies seeing a shot blocked from nine yards.

Nick Rushton, who had two in his two previous games saw two late efforts in the half go astray before Jack Perry had to be alert to push a Toby Jones volley over in stoppage time.

It was the Lilywhites who began quicker in the second period, as Jones saw a shot well saved by Perry before referee John waved away a penalty claim.

Jones was proving to be the main threat for the visitors, testing Perry again with a low drive on the hour mark.

The Robins first chance of the half on 65 minutes saw Rushton pull the ball back for Alex Fletcher whose effort was blocked, and substitute Ryan Kershaw also saw a second chance blocked.

With twenty minutes remaining the Robins sprung a quick counter attack and got themselves back in front.

A through ball found Rushton whose shot came back off the post and Oswell was on the spot to tap home once again.

But ten minutes from time it was all square once more as Neil Mitchell was judged to have pushed a Rhyl player in the box.

A penalty was given and Pierce converted from the spot to set up a frantic finish to the game.

Niall McGuinness introduced Steve Lewis and Christian Langos in an attempt to draw his side level.

And it nearly worked as Lewis turned 25 yards out and saw a rasping volley palmed out with Langos unable to convert the re-bound.

However the pendulum swung back in Newtown’s favour on 88 minutes with the front two combining to earn the Robins the win.

Oswell’s through ball found Rushton who took a touch and fired an effort beyond Lavercombe and into the net.

Rhyl fired long balls forward in an attempt to snatch a point but the closest they came was a Jones free kick that was deflected over the cross bar.

Robins – Perry, Williams, Sutton (Cadwallader 54), Mills-Evans, Price, Mitchell (Kenton 85), Goodwin, Fletcher, Edwards (Kershaw 61), Rushton, Oswell

Subs not used – Rose, Boundford, Stephens, Jones

Yellow – Mitchell, Mills-Evans

Rhyl – Lavercombe, J Davies,(Langos 75) A Jones (Lewis 75), Edwards, Rimmer, Pierce, Hartley, Abraham (Walsh 85), T Jones, Sharples, Halewood

Subs not used – Crowther, Coyle

Yellow - Edwards