It’s back to Belle Vue on Thursday night!

Thursday sees the return leg of our First Qualifying match v AIK with Town trailing 2-0 after a narrow defeat in Stockholm last week.

Town put in a solid defensive performance and are full of positivity and belief going into this week’s game that they can get a result to send them into the Second Qualifying Round.

A lot was learned in Stockholm about the quality of our opposition who were a team full of ability, skill and comfortably the most difficult and challenging outfit the Club have ever faced. The visitors are due in the UK on Wednesday afternoon where they shall train at Belle Vue on Wednesday evening prior to Thursday’s game. We will them and their supporters a safe journey over to the UK.

It is also going to be a different experience for our visitors who normally play at their 55,000 Friends Arena Stadium, to appear at an intimidating packed Belle Vue with around 200 travelling supporters expected.

Speaking at the press conference following last week’s game, manager Colin Caton spoke of his pride of his players’ performances;

“I’m proud of all the players for how they performed in such a high profile game,” he said. “There was a great atmosphere in the stadium, and we’re, looking forward to Rhyl next week now with everything to play for.”

The Lakesiders found themselves in the same position last season, coming into the game v FC Differdange trailing 3-1 but won the home leg 2-1 so there’s no doubt the boys can take inspiration from last season’s result ahead of Thursday night. Bala are at full strength going into the game.

Kickoff 6.30p.m.

Prima Solutions from Loughborough are our Europa League sponsors this season. Prima are first time sponsors and we would like to thank them for their generous support and hope you enjoy the game on Thursday evening. Suppliers of apparel software for not only our main Club sponsor Aykroyd & Sons Ltd, they have a prestigious portfolio of well-branded customers such as Mulberry and Paul Smith and are widely recognised as the UK’s market leading supplier in this field. Their logo is on the front of the home and away Europa League shirts are we are  extremely proud of our association with both Prima Solutions and Aykroyd & Sons Ltd.

Our ball sponsors are the Spitzmaul family from Hereford. Originally from Bala, the Spitzmauls have had to relocate to Hereford owing to work, but they make it back to Bala as often as they can to follow the Lakesiders. The Spitzmauls were also represented in Luxemburg last year, they also traveled to Tallinn for our first ever appearence in the Europa Cup three years ago and were our in Stockholm last week cheering on the boys. Thank you all as always for your support.

Home supporters must buy tickets prior to entry to the ground via Rhyl’s Club’s ticket office on Thursday. The ticket office is just outside the turnstile so you can’t miss it! Tickets will be on sale from mid-afternoon and cost £10 for Adults, £5 for Concessions and U16’s.

Bring your flags, make sure you’re there in your Town shirts and cheer the Lakesiders all the way to victory!

You can read further Supporters Information here.

Address – Belle Vue, Grange Road, Rhyl, LL18 4BY.

Coming from East/West; Use the A55, turning off at the St. Asaph junction and follow the signs for Rhyl. Follow the signs marked “Rhyl Sun Centre” (by Shell Garage), turn right into Pendyffryn Road, Left at crossroads at Bargain Booze onto Grange Road, then ground is approx 200 metres metres on the left.

Parking: There is around 60 spaces for cars outside Belle Vue along with plenty of street parking. Across the road there is plenty of parking at the high school.

Please come down to support the Lakesiders. Your support will be very much appreciated.

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