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Denbigh Town
Flint Town United
Full time
R Foulkes (63'), S Beck (80')
Sat 24 Feb 14:30 - Huws Gray Alliance League - Huws Gray Alliance Attendance 106

Flint shock Denbigh with 2nd Half comeback

The old footballing cliche of a game of two halves was surely never more aptly applied than to this game.

Having been completely outplayed for the first 45 minutes, Flint staged a remarkable recovery to dominate the game after the interval, and go on to win the game with two well taken goals.
The hosts started the game on the front foot, and put the Flint defence under severe pressure, with the dangerous Craig Pritchard being afforded way too much space, whether it be down the right flank or when he cut in to the midfield area. He served a warning on 9 minutes, when having received the ball all too easily from a short corner, he strode into the area without being closed down, and hit a shot that Nik Lee-Bulmer managed to beat out. However, the ball rebounded back from a Flint defender, and was dangerously close to bouncing back over the goal-line, until Bulmer just managed to collect it in the nick of time.
Then, a minute later, in an all too rare foray into the opposition half, Flint went close, when Andy Brown did well to win possession. He charged forward into the centre of the pitch, and found enough space to get away a shot, unleashing a 25 yarder that flashed just wide of the post.
But Denbigh were still the far more potent looking outfit, and Flint were still failing to get close to Pritchard, and they paid the price on 22 minutes, when he was pivotal in the move that led to the opening goal. Denbigh attacked down their right, and put together a couple of nice give and goes, with Pritchard at the centre of it. He got himself into the Flint box, and received the pass back, and then managed to slip it into the path of the unmarked Josh Davies, who probably couldn't believe his luck at the space he was afforded, and he calmly steered the ball into the Flint net.
For the remainder of the half, it looked as if it would be a case of how many Denbigh would add to their tally, as Flint were guilty of inviting pressure back onto themselves with extremely poor distribution, and could scarcely string two passes together. It was fortunate that the home side were unable to convert their possession into goals as a combination of poor finishing and poor decision making in the final third, meant that they were unable to add to their solitary goal. Meanwhile, Alan Bull was ploughing a lone furrow up front for Flint, and was doing his best to chase down lost causes but was offered next to no support from his midfield colleagues, with only Brown enjoying any success in trying to get Flint moving forward.
So, at the break, it was with a sense of relief that the score remained only 1-0 to the hosts.
Something akin to the riot act was presumably read to the Flint players at half time, as in the second period they were a side transformed. They came out and took the game to their opponents displaying levels of vigour and gusto, that had been sadly lacking in the first half. It was now Denbigh who were having trouble getting out from their own half, and who were all too often gifting the ball back to the other side.
The equaliser arrived on 63 minutes, following a bout of Flint pressure, which was initially cleared, but Bulmer played the ball back onto the right flank, to set up the move that led to the goal. The ball was worked to the edge of the Denbigh box, to the waiting Richie Foulkes. He did well to work the ball into some space and sorted his feet out to unleash a shot into the top corner of the net.
Flint put together a sweeping move on 77 minutes that almost paid off. Ieuan Hewitt fed Kyle Smyth, who outpaced a defender and was running in on goal. Just as he was about to pull the trigger, a great last ditch tackle denied him the opportunity, but the ball ran into the path of Shaun Beck, who turned and hit it but dragged his shot wide of the target.
That was only to prove to be a temporary reprieve for Denbigh, as three minutes later, Jack Lewis delivered a perfectly weighted cross from the left, and onto the head of Beck, who showed that he's lost none of his striker's instincts as he produced a deft little flicked header to send the ball into the goal.
As the game moved into added time, the home side tried to rally and salvage something from the game. They spurned a glorious opportunity on 92 minutes, when a Joe Culshaw free kick was delivered into the Flint box, and substitute Warren Duckett was not picked up and had a free header from 6 yards out. However, he could only direct it over the Flint bar, much to the relief of the Flint defence.

Line Ups :
Denbigh Town - K. Jones, R. Newton, J. Culshaw, L. Smith, B. Nash (c) (W. Duckett 69), M. Cook, K. Pierce, G. Partridge, D. Sullivan, J. Davies, C. Pritchard (A. Swarbrick 78). Unused Sub - J. Hewitt
Flint Town United - N. Lee-Bulmer, I. Hewitt, J. Lewis, L. Mackin (R. Jones 72), S. Halewood, C. Rodgers (c), A. Sheriff, R. Foulkes, A. Bull (S. Beck 53), A. Brown (M. Cadwallader 90), K. Smyth. Unused Sub - C. Budrys

Goalscorers :
Denbigh Town - Josh Davies (22)
Flint Town United - Richie Foulkes (63), Shaun Beck (80)

Bookings :
Denbigh Town - Warren Duckett (86)
Flint Town United - Stefan Halewood (70)

Flint MOM - Andy Brown (did well operating in a more advanced position and proved difficult to knock off the ball)

Andy Brown

Player of the Match

Andy Brown

Key moments

Goal Richie Foulkes scores for Flint Town United
Goal Shaun Beck scores for Flint Town United


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90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Andy Brown is awarded player of the match for Flint Town United
90:00 Sub Off
Andy Brown is substituted off for Flint Town United
90:00 Sub On
Mark Cadwallader is substituted on for Flint Town United
80:00 Goal 0 - 2
Shaun Beck scores for Flint Town United
79:58 Assist
Jack Lewis makes an assist for Flint Town United
72:00 Sub Off
Levi Mackin is substituted off for Flint Town United
72:00 Sub On
Rob Jones is substituted on for Flint Town United
70:00 Yellow Card
Stefan Halewood is yellow carded for Flint Town United
63:00 Goal 0 - 1
Richie Foulkes scores for Flint Town United
53:00 Sub Off
Alan Bull is substituted off for Flint Town United
53:00 Sub On
Shaun Beck is substituted on for Flint Town United
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Denbigh Town
  • Flint Town United
  • 0
  • Alan Bull Sub Off 53:00'
  • Shaun Beck Sub On 53:00'
  • Richie Foulkes Goal 63:00'
  • Stefan Halewood Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Levi Mackin Sub Off 72:00'
  • Rob Jones Sub On 72:00'
  • Jack Lewis Assist 79:58'
  • Shaun Beck Goal 80:00'
  • Andy Brown Sub Off 90:00'
  • Mark Cadwallader Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Lee-Bulmer, Nik Lee-Bulmer, Nik
Hewitt, Ieuan Hewitt, Ieuan
Lewis, Jack Lewis, Jack
Smyth, Kyle Smyth, Kyle
Halewood, Stefan Halewood, Stefan
Rodgers, Carl Rodgers, Carl
Sheriff, Alieu Sheriff, Alieu
Mackin, Levi Mackin, Levi
Foulkes, Richie Foulkes, Richie
Bull, Alan Bull, Alan
Brown, Andy Brown, Andy

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Gresford Athletic 23 34
9. Ruthin Town 22 31
10. Flint Town United 23 27
11. Holyhead Hotspur 24 27
12. Penrhyncoch 22 23
13. Caersws 19 12
14. FC Queens Park 21 5

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