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Goal hero Jones says Rhyl showing what they can do; Striker'ecstatic'after winner against Bangor fires Lilies up to third.

Byline: WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE By DAVE JONES

MATCH-WINNER Toby Jones was ecstatic after his second-half strike earned Rhyl their first victory over arch-rivals Bangor in eight attempts.

Jones fired in a left-footed finish on 47 minutes to secure a win which edged the Lilywhites up to third in the Welsh Premier League.

Former Neath and Airbus striker Jones said after the game: "I'm absolutely buzzing, but it's more important that the team got the three points, especially at home."

Since their record 10-0 WPL defeat at The New Saints in August, the Lilies have gone six matches unbeaten - five of them wins.

Jones added: "We're showing what we're about and what we're capable of and to do it here is special.

"I think it's our passion and desire that's getting us results that we need.

"Teams are putting it on us but we're dealing with it and coming out with the points."

Watched by a crowd of 1,017, this 45th WPL derby between these North Wales coast foes saw Rhyl start the better, Kristian Pierce going close with a free kick before Jones curled one inches wide from 20 yards.

Bangor responded with Brayden Shaw's deflected shot being saved by Owen Evans, who then grasped Danny Gosset's flicked header from a Gary Roberts delivery.

City keeper Connor Roberts pulled off a magnificent reaction save to deny Rio Ahmadi before on 22 minutes visiting striker Daniel Nardiello went down in the area under challenge from glovesman Evans.

The away fans appealed loudly for a penalty, but referee Iwan Griffith surprisingly awarded a free kick against the Bangor man.

Ahmadi was a fraction away from converting a cross from Rob Hughes, who then drilled a left-foot hit off target.

Jordan Davies nodded over at the back post from a Gary Roberts delivery, but the hosts went closest to scoring near to the break when James Brewerton's header from a Pierce corner was palmed onto the post by Roberts.

Rhyl broke the deadlock two minutes into the second period when Ahmadi's pace unsettled City defender Leon Clowes on the right.

The ex-Bangor man broke to the byline and laid the ball back for Jones, who did not make the cleanest of connections but still found the net.

DAFABET WELSH P The New Saints 8 Gap Connah's Quay 8 Rhyl 8 Bangor City 8 Carmarthen Town 8 Llandudno 8 Bala Town 8 Aberystwyth Town 8 Newtown 8 Cefn Druids 8 CardiffMet 8 Airbus UK Broughton 8 Pierce blasted a rasper just over as Rhyl went for a second, but then came a long spell of City domination and chances.

Nardiello's daisy-cutter was grabbed by Evans, then Gary Roberts hit two free kicks just wide. Good work from Nardiello put Brazilian Rodrigo Blanco Araujo in on goal, but Evans was able to block.

PREMIER LEAGUE W D L F APts 8 0 0 34 4 24 4 4 011316 4 2 2111814 4 1 3111013 2 3 3 8 12 9 2 33489 2 3 3 5109 3 0 5 9 16 9 1 4 310117 1 4 3 9107 2 1 5 5 8 7 2 1 5 9 16 7 Ahmadi could have clinched it on 76 minutes when he turned smartly in the box, but skewed his attempt.

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