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Sat 11 Nov 14:30 - Huws Gray Alliance League - Huws Gray Alliance Attendance 394

Flint edged out in feisty 5 goal thriller

In an all action game which saw 9 bookings (seven for the home side) Rhyl came back from behind twice before grabbing the winner.

No quarter was asked for or given as both sides went for it, in a cracking advertisment for the league, although Flint will be left ruing the fact that perhaps at times they were just too open, which ultimately cost them at least a share of the spoils. A debut was handed to Rob Jones in midfield, following his run out with the Reserves last weekend, and his calm and assured performance bodes well for the future.
With five minutes on the clock, Joe Palmer released Kyle Smyth, and the Flint marksman who is now starting to get back into his goalscoring groove was unlucky to see his effort come back off the post after chipping Rhyl keeper Rory Crowther, who went on to have an excellent match.
The Silkmen opened the scoring five minutes later, when a Palmer corner was met by Chris Budrys. His downward header caused a scramble in the box, and Flint skipper Carl Rodgers was on hand to blast the loosed ball into the roof of the net.
Ex-Flint favourite Stewart Carroll served notice for the visitors on 16 minutes, with a strike from the edge of the box that brought a good save from Nik Lee-Bulmer.
Around the 20 minute mark, the game was threatening to boil over, as tackles were flying in left right and centre, and no less than 4 Flint players entered the referee's notebook in quick succession, with Carroll having been the first to see yellow slightly earlier. Once again, in the heat of the game, the temperament of some of the Flint players has to be called into question, as indiscipline has dogged us over the last couple of seasons, and has still not properly been addressed.
The Lilywhites got back on terms on 24 minutes, when Tom Walsh was allowed too much room in the area to spin and get a shot away, firing past Bulmer in the process.
Crowther made two good saves in quick succession just after the half hour mark. First he got down well to palm away a Budrys effort, then he saved with his feet from almost point blank range to deny Smyth.
But three minutes into the second period, Smyth was not to be denied again, as for the second week in a row he scored a great individual effort. Having picked up the ball just inside the Rhyl half, he ran past three defenders, before coolly shooting low past Crowther from 20 yards out.
Rhyl had a great chance to equalise again on 55 minutes, as Alex Tichener broke through on goal, but Bulmer made a fine one handed save to deny the striker. The Lilywhites were now starting to put the pressure on as they looked for a way back into the match. Player Manager Mark Connolly tested Bulmer again with a long free kick, but the Flint keeper was equal to it. But a couple of minutes later, they did get the break through. Connolly ran into the box, and in the absence of any challenge, hit a shot which Bulmer again kept out, but Gerwyn Jones was first to react to the rebound and steered the ball home to make it 2-2.
Then Flint's Luke Tyson brought another good save from Crowther, as the Silkmen once again tried to take the initiative. On 75 minutes, both sides had a chance to score. First, a Smyth shot was blocked on the line, as the ball was played into him from a Levi Mackin free kick. That missed opportunity, triggered a counter attack move, and Jones almost netted his second of the afternoon, but a quality save from Bulmer denied him.
Crowther managed to pull off a truly remarkable save on 84 minutes. Alan Bull played in Smyth, and Crowther parried his effort, but Budrys was first onto the loose ball and looked for all the world as if he would score , before the Rhyl keeper managed to recover and made a vital save on the line.
That was to prove crucial for the Lilywhites, as on 88 minutes, Walsh was allowed too much space on the back post to poke home the winner.

Match report details provided by Will Price
Line Ups :
Flint Town United - N. Lee-Bulmer, I. Hewitt, J. Palmer (M. Woodward 38), C. Rodgers (c), S. Halewood, L. Mackin (A. Bull 81), C. Li (L. Tyson 47), R. Foulkes, K. Smyth, C. Budrys, R. Jones. Unused Subs - J. Haack, S. Beck
Rhyl - R. Crowther, A. Jones (T. Rowlands 46), S. Downey, P. Marsh, A. Tichener, J. Barrow, G. Jones, M. Connolly, S. Carroll, J. Jeffries, T. Walsh. Unused Subs - J. Jones, C. Durkin, D. Alvarado

Goalscorers :
Flint Town United - Carl Rodgers (10), Kyle Smyth (48)
Rhyl - Tom Walsh (24,88), Gerwyn Jones (66)

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Bookings :
Flint Town United - Levi Mackin (18), Chris Li (19), Chris Budrys (21), Stefan Halewood (24), Matty Woodward (78), Carl Rodgers (87), Richie Foulkes (89)
Rhyl - Stewart Carroll (14), Mark Connolly (52)

Flint MOM - Rob Jones (excellent debut performance with quality passing and distribution)

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Key moments

Goal Carl Rodgers scores for Flint Town United
Goal Kyle Smyth scores for Flint Town United

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90:00 Player of the Match
Rob Jones is awarded player of the match for Flint Town United
89:00 Yellow Card
Richie Foulkes is yellow carded for Flint Town United
87:00 Yellow Card
Carl Rodgers is yellow carded for Flint Town United
81:00 Sub On
Alan Bull is substituted on for Flint Town United
81:00 Sub Off
Levi Mackin is substituted off for Flint Town United
78:00 Yellow Card
Matty Woodward is yellow carded for Flint Town United
48:00 Goal 2 - 0
Kyle Smyth scores for Flint Town United
47:00 Sub On
Luke Tyson is substituted on for Flint Town United
47:00 Sub Off
Chris Li is substituted off for Flint Town United
End of period 1
38:00 Sub Off
Joe Palmer is substituted off for Flint Town United
38:00 Sub On
Matty Woodward is substituted on for Flint Town United
24:00 Yellow Card
Stefan Halewood is yellow carded for Flint Town United
21:00 Yellow Card
Chris Budrys is yellow carded for Flint Town United
19:00 Yellow Card
Chris Li is yellow carded for Flint Town United
18:00 Yellow Card
Levi Mackin is yellow carded for Flint Town United
10:00 Goal 1 - 0
Carl Rodgers scores for Flint Town United
9:58 Assist
Chris Budrys makes an assist for Flint Town United
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As it happened

  • Flint Town United
  • Rhyl
  • 0
  • Chris Budrys Assist 9:58'
  • Carl Rodgers Goal 10:00'
  • Levi Mackin Yellow Card 18:00'
  • Chris Li Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Chris Budrys Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Stefan Halewood Yellow Card 24:00'
  • Matty Woodward Sub On 38:00'
  • Joe Palmer Sub Off 38:00'
  • Chris Li Sub Off 47:00'
  • Luke Tyson Sub On 47:00'
  • Kyle Smyth Goal 48:00'
  • Matty Woodward Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Levi Mackin Sub Off 81:00'
  • Alan Bull Sub On 81:00'
  • Carl Rodgers Yellow Card 87:00'
  • Richie Foulkes Yellow Card 89:00'

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Lee-Bulmer, Nik Lee-Bulmer, Nik
Hewitt, Ieuan Hewitt, Ieuan
Rodgers, Carl Rodgers, Carl
Jones, Rob Jones, Rob
Halewood, Stefan Halewood, Stefan
Palmer, Joe Palmer, Joe
Foulkes, Richie Foulkes, Richie
Mackin, Levi Mackin, Levi
Smyth, Kyle Smyth, Kyle
Budrys, Chris Budrys, Chris
Li, Chris Li, Chris
Flint Town United

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9. Penrhyncoch 28 39
10. Ruthin Town 28 35
11. Flint Town United 28 30
12. Holyhead Hotspur 28 30
13. Caersws 28 18
14. FC Queens Park 28 9
15. Llandudno Junction 28 7

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