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Flint Town United
Caersws
Sat 17 Feb 14:30 - Huws Gray Alliance League - Huws Gray Alliance Full time Attendance 153

Bluebirds complete double over below par Flint

In a complete contrast to last week's high tempo display at Airbus, a strangely subdued performance by Flint saw them slump to a disappointing defeat.

Indeed, you could have been forgiven for thinking it was the home side rather than the visitors who hadn't played a competitive game since the end of January, such was their lethargic approach for much of the game.
Although they enjoyed plenty of possession, Flint made poor use of it, and all too often resulted in pumping long balls down the middle which were meat and drink to the central defensive pairing of Caersws.
The home side did create the first chance on goal after 10 minutes, following a long throw from the left, which arced into the box. The ball was headed back across goal and Andy Brown met it with a firm header on target, but Sws' keeper David Jones sprang to his right and got fingertips to the ball to pull off a fine save. As the afternoon wore on, Jones had plenty of opportunities to display his clean handling of the ball, and any wayward balls into the box, of which there were far too many from Flint's point of view, were easily dealt with by the Bluebirds keeper.
The visitors took the lead on 18 minutes, following a corner. Nik Lee-Bulmer cleared the initial danger with a punch, but the ball landed at the feet of Lance Jones on the edge of the box, who showed great presence of mind, and dexterity, to hook the ball into the Flint net from 16 yards.
Although there was plenty of time for the home side to get back into the match, they never looked convincing and rarely threatened to break through a well organised Caersws defence who were determined to hang onto their lead.
Just after the half hour mark, the visitors almost doubled their advantage, when, from an Elliot Jones cross, Luke Sherbon lost his marker, but could only direct his free header just wide of the target.
Flint sparked into life five minutes before the interval, and managed to put a couple of dangerous moves together, which resulted in Mark Cadwallader having a shot at Jones' near post, put the keeper got down well to block the effort.
The Caersws defence were not seriously tested or stretched in the second half, as Flint still struggled to come up with an effective game plan, and it was the visitors who had the clearest sights of goal, albeit on the break. Probably the best of these came in the 75th minute when the hard working Sherbon delivered a cross from the right that eluded three Flint defenders, and ran through to Steve Blenkinsop, who put his shot just wide of the target with the goal seemingly at his mercy.
As the game ticked towards full time, Jacob Lever tried his luck from the edge of the box for Flint, and his shot appeared to be arrowing into the corner of the net only for Jones to seal an excellent display with a diving save to push the ball out to safety.
And so Caersws claimed only their third league win of the season, two of which have been against ourselves, as our erratic league form continues to plague us, and our attempts to move up the table suffered a further setback.

Line Ups :
Flint Town United - N. Lee-Bulmer, J. Lever, A. Brown, C. Rodgers (c), J, Lewis, J. Welsh, J. Palmer, M.Cadwallader (A. Bull 75), O. Anoruo (R. Jones 55), C. Budrys (S. Beck 55), K. Smyth. Unused Subs - A. Sheriff, K. Price
Caersws - D. Jones, J. Parr (c), E. Jones, T. Bowen, P. Grant, G. Jones, R. Davies, L. Jones, S. Blenkinsop, L. Sherbon, C. Harris. Unused Subs - R. Davies, A. Hughes-Jones, N. Savage, G. Evans, Dylan McPhee

Goalscorers :
Caersws - Lance Jones (18)

Caersws (H), Saturday 17th February 2018
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Bookings :
Flint Town United - Mark Cadwallader (39)
Caersws - Jake Parr (34), Tom Bowen (39), Lance Jones (76)

Flint MOM - Joe Palmer (was his side's most creative player on a frustrating afternoon)

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Caersws (H), Saturday 17th February 2018
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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Joe Palmer is awarded player of the match for Flint Town United
75:00 Sub Off
Mark Cadwallader is substituted off for Flint Town United
75:00 Sub On
Alan Bull is substituted on for Flint Town United
55:00 Sub Off
Chris Budrys is substituted off for Flint Town United
55:00 Sub On
Shaun Beck is substituted on for Flint Town United
55:00 Sub Off
Obi Anoruo is substituted off for Flint Town United
55:00 Sub On
Rob Jones is substituted on for Flint Town United
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Mark Cadwallader is yellow carded for Flint Town United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Flint Town United
  • Caersws
  • 0
  • Mark Cadwallader Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Chris Budrys Sub Off 55:00'
  • Shaun Beck Sub On 55:00'
  • Obi Anoruo Sub Off 55:00'
  • Rob Jones Sub On 55:00'
  • Mark Cadwallader Sub Off 75:00'
  • Alan Bull Sub On 75:00'

Team selection

Lee-Bulmer, Nik Lee-Bulmer, Nik
Lever, Jacob Lever, Jacob
Welsh, Jacques Welsh, Jacques
Palmer, Joe Palmer, Joe
Lewis, Jack Lewis, Jack
Brown, Andy Brown, Andy
Smyth, Kyle Smyth, Kyle
Rodgers, Carl Rodgers, Carl
Anoruo, Obi Anoruo, Obi
Budrys, Chris Budrys, Chris
Cadwallader, Mark Cadwallader, Mark
Flint Town United

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# Team Pl Pts
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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