WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

Aberystwyth v Rhyl

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THE leading lights of the Welsh Premier and Huws Gray Alliance will come face to face in the Welsh Cup after The New Saints were drawn at home to Rhyl in the fourth round.

When the Lilywhites were in the top flight the clubs were arch-rivals in the title race and the visitors will have a chance to test their promotion aspirations again, although manager Greg Strong would have preferred an easier task.

"If we could have chosen one then that's the one we wouldn't have chosen, because they are a full-time outfit and their playing surface gives them an instant advantage," Strong said.

"During my time at the club we've never got what you'd perceive as being a good draw to go on a real cup run. 

"But we're all excited for the match and will give absolutely everything to win it."

Rhyl progressed with a 5-2 win at Welsh Premier outfit Aberystwyth and Strong added: "Absolutely fantastic, we did everything right and controlled the game.

"Players sometimes take the easy option when in possession but we showed real courage on the ball against a Welsh Premier League side.

They are a full-time outfit and their playing surface gives them an instant advantage.

"We always looked to take the game to them and that's what pleased me the most."

Two seasons ago, TNS edged a victory at a waterlogged Belle Vue in the same competition and head coach Carl Darlington says: "It's going to be a tough game as there was always a lot of rivalry between the clubs when they were both in the Welsh Premier.

"Rhyl are a big club and are deservedly top of the Cymru Alliance, and we're looking forward to renewing that rivalry."