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RHYL manager Niall McGuinness was highly critical of the officiating after his side suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Newtown.

The Lilywhites finished the game with nine-men in what was a bad-tempered clash throughout and McGuinness told the Rhyl Journal: "There was a little bit of naivety but if it is dealt with at the start then none of this happens really.

"The referee has got to be stronger than the players and he wasn't today, he failed to take control and it wasn't a game of football, it was a bit embarrassing.

"Credit to Newtown who battled hard and we have got to bounce back when we take on TNS this week."

The Lillies had Rob Hughes and Zyaac Edwards sent-off to leave them bottom of the Fair Play table with five red cards and 38 yellows this season, while the visitors also had Jamie Price dismissed by referee Tom Owen.