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Guilsfield
Flint Town United
Full time
K Smyth (35'), A Bull (58')
Sat 3 Feb 14:30 - Huws Gray Alliance League - Huws Gray Alliance Attendance 80

Spoils are Shared in See-Saw Match

In a game in which they could have conceivably been three down after 10 minutes, Flint may rue the fact they couldn't close the game out against 10 men

The visitors were sluggish in the extreme in the opening period of the match, with the defence, which had been performing well of late, all at sixes and sevens with one another, and the midfield not getting anywhere near their counterparts and giving them far too much time and space. Guilsfield took full advantage of Flint's ponderous start, and attacked at will down the flanks, especially Flint's left, where they were gifted wide open spaces to run into.
Jake Cook served notice for the home side on 3 minutes, when he hit a rising shot over the bar. Then, a couple of minutes later, Chris Cathrall was all alone on the right of Flint's goal, and hit a low shot that Nik Lee-Bulmer did well to get to and divert out for a corner.
A minute later, Ieuan Hewitt played a loose ball that gave away possession and both Cathrall and Callum Bromley broke clear of the Flint defence and through on goal. Cathrall outpaced his team-mate and fired a shot on target, but again Bulmer did well to deny him, pushing the ball out wide to his left. Bromley raced to collect the loose ball, and with the Flint defence still floundering, played it back to Cathrall who was more central, and he made no mistake at the second time of asking as he steered the ball into the net.
On 10 minutes, a ball was played from the left across the Flint box, and found Cathrall, who was yet again stood on his own, unmarked. Bulmer pulled off a terrific save, that he had no right to make, as he once again spared his defenders blushes.
Flint managed to muster their first real threat on 15 minutes, when Richie Foulkes got on the end of a cross, but could only direct his header just wide of the target, from an awkward angle. Carl Rodgers played a sweet through ball into the path of Obi Anoruo on 23 minutes, but Guils' keeper Andy Wycherley was on hand to make a comfortable save from the Flint forward.
Then, just before the half hour mark came the big flashpoint of the game. Asa Hamilton was penalised for a nasty looking, late challenge on Andy Brown, with a brief furore ensuing as players from both sides got involved in a bit of pushing and shoving. Then, just as it looked as if the referee would, at worst, issue a caution to Hamilton, the player decided to launch a verbal tirade at the linesman who had flagged for the foul, which had occurred right in front of him. This prompted the referee to issue a straight red to Hamilton.
The Guilsfield players temporarily lost their way as a result of being reduced to 10 men, and Flint took advantage by equalising on 35 minutes. A ball played up to Alan Bull in the penalty area was initially cleared to just outside the box, but Kyle Smyth came running onto it, and smashed it from 24 yards out, straight past Wycherley and into the net.
With the man advantage, it should now have been the visitors in the driving seat having got back on terms, but they were still vulnerable to being attacked down the flanks, and paid the price two minutes before half time, when Bromley got free down the right. His first shot was saved by Bulmer, who again had found himself horribly exposed by his defence, but he was powerless to stop the follow up, as Bromley latched onto the rebound.
So Flint were once again having to chase the game, but at least had the benefit of knowing they had 45 minutes in which to do so, against 10 men. However, they didn't seem to want to fully commit, and all too often kept a backline of four who were marking a solitary striker. In doing so, they weren't able to take full advantage of the extra man they had. Where they did have some success, though, was in playing diagonal long balls from the back, particularly from Hewitt, who was looking to send Bull away at every opportunity. One such ball did the trick on 50 minutes, and Bull raced clear with just Wycherley to beat. The keeper got his fingertips to Bull's shot, and in doing so, managed to divert it onto the post, much to the anguish of the Flint striker.
A lapse in the Flint defence on 55 minutes almost cost the visitors dear, when they let in Cathrall for another free run in on goal. Bulmer came to the rescue once more, pulling off a great reaction save. That save was to be crucial, for just 3 minutes later, a ball over the top once again found Bull. This time it was Jacob Lever who was the provider of the pass. And, faced with his second one on one with Wycherley of the half, Bull made no mistake with this opportunity, as he slotted home. Shortly after, Smyth hit an effort over the bar, as Flint at last tried to put some pressure on the home side's goal with their numerical advantage.
Shaun Beck and new loan signing Alieu Sheriff were sent on for the Silkmen as they sought a decisive third goal, and the latter player made some incisive runs that cut through the home side's backline on a coupe of occasions, but unfortunately, nothing came from his efforts in terms of goalscoring chances.
On 83 minutes, Flint carved out a good chance, when Smyth hit a good shot from wide right in the area, only to see it blocked by Wycherley. The ball spun across the goal, and as Beck looked to get on the end of it and force it over the line, some great last ditch defending by Sam Litchfield denied him the chance, as he cleared the ball in the nick of time.
At the end of a topsy turvy game, both sides will probably be relieved to have taken a point, but perhaps if Flint had been a bit more willing to go on the offensive and gamble with the extra man, they might have ended up coming away with all 3 points, having endured a torrid opening to the game.

Line ups :
Guilsfield - A. Wycherley, C. Bromley, C. Weetman (A. Jenkins 90), S. Rogers, S. Litchfield, R. James (c), J. Cook, A. Ford, A. Hamilton, G. Jones (J. Richards 70), C. Cathrall. Unused Subs - N. Leonard, L. Andrew, D. Barton
Flint Town United - N. Lee-Bulmer, I. Hewitt, A. Brown, C. Rodgers (c), J. Welsh, J. Lever, J. Palmer (M. Cadwallader 87), R. Foulkes, O. Anoruo (A. Sheriff 80), A. Bull (S. Beck 65), K. Smyth. Unused Sub- R. Jones

Goalscorers :
Guilsfield - Chris Cathrall (6), Callum Bromley (43)
Flint Town United - Kyle Smyth (35), Alan Bull (58)

Guilsfield (Away), 3rd February 2018
35 photos

Cards :
Guilsfield - Red : Asa Hamilton (28); Yellow : Andy Ford (68)
Flint Town United - Yellow : Richie Foulkes (60), Kyle Smyth (70)

Flint MOM - Nik Lee-Bulmer (kept his side in the game at vital times with some quality shot stopping)

Nik Lee-Bulmer

Player of the Match

Nik Lee-Bulmer

Key moments

35:00
Goal Kyle Smyth scores for Flint Town United
58:00
Goal Alan Bull scores for Flint Town United

Videos and photos

Guilsfield (Away), 3rd February 2018
35 photos

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Nik Lee-Bulmer is awarded player of the match for Flint Town United
87:00 Sub Off
Joe Palmer is substituted off for Flint Town United
87:00 Sub On
Mark Cadwallader is substituted on for Flint Town United
80:00 Sub Off
Obi Anoruo is substituted off for Flint Town United
80:00 Sub On
Alieu Sheriff is substituted on for Flint Town United
70:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Smyth is yellow carded for Flint Town United
65:00 Sub Off
Alan Bull is substituted off for Flint Town United
65:00 Sub On
Shaun Beck is substituted on for Flint Town United
60:00 Yellow Card
Richie Foulkes is yellow carded for Flint Town United
58:00 Goal 0 - 2
Alan Bull scores for Flint Town United
57:56 Assist
Jacob Lever makes an assist for Flint Town United
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 0 - 1
Kyle Smyth scores for Flint Town United
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Guilsfield
  • Flint Town United
  • 0
  • Kyle Smyth Goal 35:00'
  • Jacob Lever Assist 57:56'
  • Alan Bull Goal 58:00'
  • Richie Foulkes Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Alan Bull Sub Off 65:00'
  • Shaun Beck Sub On 65:00'
  • Kyle Smyth Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Obi Anoruo Sub Off 80:00'
  • Alieu Sheriff Sub On 80:00'
  • Joe Palmer Sub Off 87:00'
  • Mark Cadwallader Sub On 87:00'

Team selection

Lee-Bulmer, Nik Lee-Bulmer, Nik
Hewitt, Ieuan Hewitt, Ieuan
Welsh, Jacques Welsh, Jacques
Smyth, Kyle Smyth, Kyle
Lever, Jacob Lever, Jacob
Brown, Andy Brown, Andy
Rodgers, Carl Rodgers, Carl
Palmer, Joe Palmer, Joe
Bull, Alan Bull, Alan
Anoruo, Obi Anoruo, Obi
Foulkes, Richie Foulkes, Richie
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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