Flint make it a Black Friday for Buckley
Flint emerged the victors from a keenly contested derby game,in front of a healthy crowd, as the visitors pushed them all the way
Indeed Buckley were the more dominant side in the early stages, and Flint had keeper Aaron Jones to thank for keeping them in the game. Jones is now exuding real confidence between the sticks for the Silkmen and he pulled off a truly outstanding double save in the 8th minute. Aron Williams was afforded too much space on the edge of the box, and struck a powerful effort that seemed to have beaten Jones. But the Flint stopper pulled off a great one handed save that flicked the ball up into the area, to halt its progress. He then reacted quickest to claw the ball out from the danger area as Buckley forwards looked to apply the finishing touch. Jones was then called upon a couple of minutes later, when Josh Jones was gifted a free header, but it lacked the power to seriously trouble the keeper.
Flint's first glimpse of goal came on 21 minutes, when a poor clearance by Joe Makaruk in the Buckley goal only found Mark Cadwallader who was positioned wide on the left about 25 yards out. As the Buckley defenders raced to close down the danger, Cadwallader got a shot away, but could only find the arms of Makaruk, much to the keeper's relief.
For the remainder of the first period, set pieces appeared to be the most obvious way of scoring for either side, with corners and long throws causing moments of alarm in both boxes, but it remained goalless at the halfway stage.
In the second period, Flint started to get more on the front foot. On 51 minutes they broke through Damien Ketley. To his right, he had a 2 on 1 situation, as both Ryan Smith and Brandon Burrows were up in support. Ketley fed the ball into Smith, who provided a nice flick to send Burrows through on goal, but the midfielder put his effort just wide of the target.
That was a warning of things to come, as just a couple of minutes later, the Silkmen did break the deadlock. Ryan Smith slipped the ball into Ketley's path who reached the bye-line, and then pulled the ball back across the goal for Andy Brown to stroke it home inside the near post from 6 yards out.
Dylan Roberts tried his luck for the visitors on 63 minutes, with a long range effort from wide on the right, which just fizzed over the top of the Flint crossbar,
Flint put together a good attacking move on 73 minutes, which almost brought a reward. Burrows showed good presence of mind to switch play and found Sam Hart in lots of space. The defender carried the ball forward from just inside his own half and carried it right to the edge of the area, before letting fly with a stinging effort. Makaruk reacted well and pulled off the save, and then was able to pounce on the loose ball just before Brown was able to get a toe on it.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Buckley exerted quite a bit of pressure on the Flint goal in an effort to get the equaliser. As a ball was crossed into a crowded box, Keiron Moore made good contact from close range, but once again, Jones distinguished himself with a great point blank stop. Then Luke Blizard had a good opportunity, with a header, but the tall centre back failed to connect properly and Jones collected the ball.
With the game deep into stoppage time, Flint made the game safe. Excellent work from Brown, saw him win possession back for his side in an advanced position. He passed to Jack Higgins, who slotted the ball past Makaruk, and despite the best efforts of a defender to keep it out, the ball went over the line, with Jake Hampson also running in to make sure the ball was in the back of the net.
Line Ups :
Flint Town United - 1. Aaron Jones, 11. Kyle Smyth, 2. Tom Kemp, 4. Sam Hart, 21. Jacques Welsh, 8. Richie Foulkes (c), 17. Ryan Smith, 15. Brandon Burrows (3. Jack Lewis 83), 10. Mark Cadwallader (20. Jake Hampson 88), 7. Andy Brown, 22. Damien Ketley (Jack Higgins 67). Unused Subs - 9. Alieu Sheriff, 6. Socrates Martins
Buckley Town - 1. Joe Makaruk (c), 2. Luke Douglas, 3. Dylan Roberts, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Lewis Hone, 6. Luke Blizard, 7. Aron Williams, 8. Aled Bellis (14. Keiron Moore 75), 9. Connor Littler, 10. Jake Roberts (16. Shaun Tinsley 75), 11. Adam Eden. Unused Subs - 12. Rhys Hewitt, 15. Josh Gannon, 18. Tom Douglas
Flint Town United - Andy Brown (53), Jack Higgins (90+5)
Flint Town United - Brandon Burrows (61), Damien Ketley (66), Jack Higgins (81)
Flint MOM - Andy Brown (once again there were several candidates, with Aaron Jones, Sam Hart and Ryan Smith in particular all catching the eye , but Brown turned in an impressive display over the 90 plus minutes, with some good chasing down and harrying, especially when we were defending our 1-0 lead)