Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 23rd Aug 2008
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Referee: Mark Petch
A Captain's goal by George Horan clinched Rhyl their almost customary win at The Oval but they had to battle every inch against the revitalised Canaries. The new management regime at Caernarfon Town has recruited 16 new players, mostly from Merseyside, and eight figured in the line-up and gave a good first impression.
The game's decisive moment came on 34 minutes, when Rhyl's Gareth Owen took a quick free-kick out on the right and, with Town's defence caught off guard, Horan stole in on the left to hit the winner. A little earlier, Caernarfon had been close to grabbing the lead but a goal-bound drive by Lee Furlong was blocked by Rhyl's centre-back Greg Strong.
The partial clearance flew to Robert Hughes and his 25-yarder looked likely as well, until Lee Kendall launched into a full length save, down at a post. Rhyl's Carl Owen cursed his misfortune early in the second half, when his eight yards' header clipped the bar, after he connected firmly with a right wing centre.
As the exchanges swept from end to end, Rhyl's Strong directed a free-kick just past an upright and, when Gareth Owen tried to place a left-angled shot, Town's Craig Dunne made a superb save. It was nearly 2-0 for Rhyl midway in the half, when Carl Owen burst into space. He left several defenders in his wake, only to direct his drive too close to keeper Dunne.