Rhyl boss Niall McGuinness says his team may need to win all of their remaining games if they are to preserve their Welsh Premier League status for another season – starting with Saturday’s clash at home to fellow strugglers Airbus UK.
Rhyl head into this weekend’s crunch contest two points adrift of safety following a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to a resurgent Newtown in their last outing, with McGuinness seeing his side win just one of their last seven league games.
Victory would see the Lilywhites consign Airbus to relegation, and McGuinness believes his team may need to win all their remaining games to ensure they don’t join them.
He told the club’s official podcast: “I think we’ve got to win the next three games. I’m looking forward to the game, it will be a nervy occasion for the fans and myself, but the lads are nice and relaxed and I’m confident we can come away with a result.
“It’s going to be a tough test. They’re [Airbus] a good side with good players and I’ve said that all season. They’re in a false position when you look at the type of players that they’ve got.
“Then again we’ve got that fight and our lads are ready and raring to go.”
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Despite their recent woes, McGuinness was delighted to see quartet James Bell, Toby Jones, and brothers Alex and James Jones all commit their future to the club recently, in a move he believes is the first stage of a comprehensive rebuild.
“It was a difficult task at the beginning of the season, with having no players in preseason aside from Rob Hughes and Mike Walsh, meaning we had to recruit a full team essentially from nothing, and we’ve gone through a few players this season. It’s been difficult in doing that, but now it’s a positive because we’ve a base to build on.
“There’s local lads that want to play for the club and have proved themselves this season. They’re all from within a 10-mile radius of the club and hopefully we can nail down a few more.
“We said it was a case of stripping right back and starting again. We’ve done that and if we survive this season it will be a huge achievement and we can begin stage two of the rebuild.”