Caerwys No Match For Mountain
Flint Mountain rise to second after a convincing victory over Caerwys at Wat's Dyke Way
Fresh from last week's win over lowly Tanyfron United, Flint Mountain returned to Wat's Dyke Way to welcome a Caerwys side, which had managed a victory over high flying Cefn Mawr Rangers. An injury to club captain Damon Griffiths last weekend forced a change in defence, as Kieran Farr returned to the starting line up for the first time since the opening day of the season to partner Rob Rush. Tom Heppleston also shrugged off the injury which forced him out of the Tanyfron game, in place of Ian Jones. Manager Rob Thelwell also named sixteen year old George Jones and seventeen year old Dylan Roberts on the substitutes bench for the first time, since their signings from Flint Town United was finalised.
Flint Mountain immediately started the first half with the intensity wihch was missing from last week, as Jimmy McGlone swivelled and fired over the bar. Continuing the press, the Mountain looked dangerous and should have been ahead, but for the reactions of the Caerwys keeper to deny Tom Heppleston. Chris Layne was next to go close as he raced onto a long ball forward, beating his marker, but finding his effort cannon back off the crossbar.
The chances in the first half continued to come, with Richie Hughes meeting an Alex Millington corner, but heading over the bar. With first half time running out, Flint Mountain thought they had found the opener, as Jimmy McGlone found the bottom corner, only to be brought back for an offside decision. Chris Layne also had a strong penalty shout turned away as he was brought down in the penalty area.
In the second half, the weight of pressure finally took it's toll on the Caerwys defence, as Jimmy McGlone found the opener just three minutes into the half. From a corner, the ball was initially cleared to Chris Layne, who helped the ball back into the danger area. Following a small scramble, McGlone prodded the ball home through a crowd of players. The goal seemed to change Mountain's fortunes after a first half of decent, yet missed opportunities, as the second goal quickly followed. Chris Layne was once again the architect, as he powered past the full back, before delivering a low cross which was met by Lee Messham at the far post.
Flint Mountain refused to let Caerwys get back into the game and just after the hour mark, Messham grabbed his second. Great inter play between McGlone and Messham up front saw McGlone lift a ball over the defence, where Messham was on hand to find the net. Just as the first goal was scored, manager Rob Thelwell made his first change, introducing the pace of Ryan Jones onto the wing, in place of Tom Heppleston.
After supplying two assists and hitting the cross bar, Chris Layne finally got his first goal of the campaign, as he capitalised on a fumbled save by the Caerwys keeper to tap home from close range. After this, Layne made way for debutant Dylan Roberts, in a straight swap, whilst George Jones also made his debut in place of Scott Forrester. There was late drama at the back, as Caerwys hit the cross bar and Kieran Farr was taken off as a precaution following a potential injury. Mountain were able to stay strong, with Rob Rush excelling in an unfamiliar centre back role alongside Farr, to claim a much needed clean sheet, to the delight of the Flint Mountain management.
Flint Mountain will return to Wat's Dyke Way next weekend, with Cefn Mawr Rangers the opponents. Cefn Mawr shrugged off defeat last weekend against Caerwys to claim all three points against unbeaten Mynydd Isa Spartans. We hope you can join us as Flint Mountain aim for five straight league wins.