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NEWTOWN manager Chris Hughes was delighted with a victory that lifted his side to third in the table but left opposing boss Greg Strong furious.

"In the scheme of things with the league in the shape it is, it was a massive win, all credit to the players, I thought they were absolutely fantastic and thoroughly deserved the win," Hughes said.

"First half we were good with the ball and second half we were fantastic without the ball, the back four and the midfield duo were superb.

"We knew Rhyl were going to come out second half and put us under some pressure but we withstood that."

Strong was visibly annoyed after the final whistle at a defeat which dents his top-six hopes and kept his players in the dressing room for almost half an hour, admitting it was "one of the poorest performances, if not the poorest" of his tenure at Belle Vue.

Meanwhile, the Robins aim to secure a top six finish before the split, although they face second-placed Airbus UK Broughton and leaders The New Saints twice over the Christmas period.

"The mood we're in, we are very confident going into the next three games," Hughes added.

"The way we're playing and the run we're on I don't see why we can't take some points in the next few games.

"Our next opponents are the best two teams in the league by a mile but we've shown we can compete with anyone."