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D Ketley (19')
Wed 26 Dec 14:30 - Huws Gray Alliance League - Huws Gray Alliance Attendance 385

Wellmen come from behind to spoil Flint's Festive Break

Holywell turned around a 1-0 deficit to emerge as 2-1 winners in the Boxing Day derby game, as Flint dropped to 4th in the table.

The opening exchanges were largely subdued in what is normally an intense atmosphere, with both sides struggling to find their rhythm. Holywell employed a high back line, which time and again successfully caught the Flint forwards offside as the game progressed, as they were seemingly unable to time their runs effectively.
The Silkmen took the lead on 19 minutes, following a throw in awarded on the right, about two thirds into the Holywell half. After the initial attempt at a cross was prevented, Kyle Smyth then swung in a perfect cross, that Damien Ketley rose to meet, planting his header into the top corner of the net.
For the next quarter of an hour or so, the Silkmen looked to be comfortably in control, and went close with a couple of long range efforts. First, Brandon Burrows hit a 25 yarder that flashed just wide of the post, and then Jacques Welsh tried his luck with a floated effort that went just over the bar.
On 34 minutes, Ieuan Hewitt hit a tremendous raking diagonal ball that found Burrows in space, as he lost his marker. But Mike Platt was alert enough to race off his line, and came out to meet Burrows on the edge of the box, as the Flint player was unable to lob the ball over the advancing keeper.
Just as it looked as though Flint would be heading into the break with a 1-0 lead, Holywell were handed a lifeline on 43 minutes, that they duly took advantage of. The tricky Aaron Pomeyie managed to keep the ball in just inside his own half, on the right flank. His rescuing of what had seemed a lost cause, then paid dividends, as he ran with it into the Flint half, before cutting inside, evading two half hearted challenges, before slipping a perfectly judged ball into the path of Steve Lewis, who was through on goal, and slotted it past Aaron Jones to restore parity to the scoreline.
From the restart, Flint went on the attack, and as Ketley looked to make inroads into the opposition box, he appeared to be caught from behind, but the referee saw things differently, and booked the Flint player for diving.
In the second half, Mark Cadwallader looked the player most likely to beat the Wellmen's offside trap, with his runs from an advanced midfield position causing problems for the home side's defence. However, having got themselves back into the game, Holywell had a renewed sense of self belief, and were starting to win the 50:50 balls in all areas of the field, giving them the upper hand in terms of possession.
On 47 minutes, Cadwallader got free, and though slightly off balance, managed to hit a decent shot, that caused Platt to pull off a fine save, to keep the scores level. Then. shortly after, he surged down the left, before cutting back in on himself, and hitting a quickfire shot which he hoped would catch Platt unawares with, but once again the Holywell keeper denied him by diving at full stretch to make the save.
The decisive goal arrived just before the hour mark, following a corner. First, Matty Hughes rose unchallenged and thumped his header against the bar, but Flint's relief was only temporary, as Jon Jones was following up, and nodded the rebound over the line from close range.
The Wellmen then collectively shut up shop, and successfully stifled Flint. It was only as the game was entering the final 10 minutes, that the sense of urgency finally propelled the Silkmen into carving out another couple of decent chances. Captain Sam Hart made a good run out of defence on 80 minutes, before finding Jake Hampson with a good delivery. Hampson's pace pulled him clear of the defender, but his low shot was too close to Platt, and once more the Holywell keeper was able to pull off the save. Then, with five minutes remaining, Cadwallader once again made a telling run through the home defence. He chose to shoot from an acute angle, but if he had looked up a better option may have been to pass to the unmarked Alieu Sheriff in a central position, and yet again Platt was on hand to deny Flint's top goalscorer.

Line Ups :
Holywell Town - Mike Platt, Jon Jones, Ryan Davies (James Graham 81), Tony Roebuck, Matty Harvey, Matty Hughes, Josh Maldon (Joe Carey 87), Paul Williams (c), Aaron Pomeyie, Steve Lewis (Ryan Jones 90), Sam Jones. Unused Subs - Tom Hartley, Rob Marshall
Flint Town United - Aaron Jones, Kyle Smyth, Tom Kemp, Sam Hart (c), Ieuan Hewitt, Jacques Welsh, Kai Wallis (Jake Hampson 57), Brandon Burrows, Jack Higgins (Alieu Sheriff 64), Mark Cadwallader, Damien Ketley (Luke Blondel 86). Unused Subs - Socrates Martins, Johnny Hill.

Goalscorers :
Holywell Town - Steve Lewis (43), Jon Jones (59)
Flint Town United - Damien Ketley (19)

Holywell (A) 26th Dec 2018
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Bookings :
Holywell Town - Ryan Davies (31), Matty Hughes (61), Matty Harvey (90+2)
Flint Town United - Tom Kemp (37), Damien Ketley (44), Brandon Burrows (69)

Flint MOM - Mark Cadwallader (was Flint's most effective attacking outlet, especially in the second half)

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Holywell (A) 26th Dec 2018
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90:00 Player of the Match
Mark Cadwallader is awarded player of the match for Flint Town United
86:00 Sub Off
Damien Ketley is substituted off for Flint Town United
86:00 Sub On
Luke Blondel is substituted on for Flint Town United
69:00 Yellow Card
Brandon Burrows is yellow carded for Flint Town United
64:00 Sub On
Alieu Sheriff is substituted on for Flint Town United
64:00 Sub Off
Jack Higgins is substituted off for Flint Town United
57:00 Sub On
Jake Hampson is substituted on for Flint Town United
57:00 Sub Off
Kai Wallis is substituted off for Flint Town United
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Damien Ketley is yellow carded for Flint Town United
37:00 Yellow Card
Tom Kemp is yellow carded for Flint Town United
19:00 Goal 0 - 1
Damien Ketley scores for Flint Town United
18:57 Assist
Kyle Smyth makes an assist for Flint Town United
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  • Holywell Town
  • Flint Town United
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  • Kyle Smyth Assist 18:57'
  • Damien Ketley Goal 19:00'
  • Tom Kemp Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Damien Ketley Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Jake Hampson Sub On 57:00'
  • Kai Wallis Sub Off 57:00'
  • Alieu Sheriff Sub On 64:00'
  • Jack Higgins Sub Off 64:00'
  • Brandon Burrows Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Luke Blondel Sub On 86:00'
  • Damien Ketley Sub Off 86:00'

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Jones, Aaron Jones, Aaron
Kemp, Tom Kemp, Tom
Hewitt, Ieuan Hewitt, Ieuan
Cadwallader, Mark Cadwallader, Mark
Hart, Sam Hart, Sam
Smyth, Kyle Smyth, Kyle
Wallis, Kai Wallis, Kai
Burrows, Brandon Burrows, Brandon
Higgins, Jack Higgins, Jack
Ketley, Damien Ketley, Damien
Welsh, Jacques Welsh, Jacques

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Airbus Broughton 19 49
2. Bangor City 18 37
3. Porthmadog 19 37
4. Rhyl 19 37
5. Flint Town United 18 35
6. Gresford Athletic 19 27
7. Ruthin Town 18 25

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