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Fri 16
Aberystwyth Town
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Flint Town United
J Amis (73')
It's 3 out of 3 for Flint in Phase 2

It's 3 out of 3 for Flint in Phase 2

By Nigel Sheen
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A second half Josh Amis strike made sure that Flint kept up their 100 per cent record in Phase 2 of the League


However, they had to do it the hard way, by making the long Friday night trip to a sun soaked Aberystwyth.
The game started with neither side able to get on the ball and dictate proceedings, with niggly fouls from the home side halting Flint’s flow.
But it wasn’t long before the away side created their first chances. Josh Amis, fresh off opening his goalscoring account on Tuesday night, was slipped in down the right channel by Callum Bratley after some neat footwork, although the big striker’s low shot across goal was saved by Connor Roberts, who was making his return from suspension in the Aber goal. Minutes Later, Conor Harwood weaved between the Aberystwyth backline and his effort across goal was cleared off the line.
Jon Rushton had little to do throughout the first half but when called into action 25 minutes in, he got down well to comfortably gather a header from a freekick.
The biggest chance of the half fell on the half hour mark. Ben Maher and Bratley linked up well down the right, and the latter broke into the box only to see his effort saved low down by Roberts - a carbon copy of the Amis chance earlier in the half.
On 35 minutes another chance came and went, this time following a nice exchange of passes between Maher, Bratley and Harwood, a shot from the edge of the box ended up being blocked. Then, on the stroke of half time, some good work on the right hand side ended with a cross to the back post. Harwood was lurking but his shot was blazed over the bar. If Flint had taken their chances by this point, the game would’ve been all but over!
The chances didn’t dry up in the second half either. Just 5 minutes into it, Bratley found Mark Cadwallader with an inch perfect through ball, but again, the finish lacked decisiveness and Aberystwyth escaped unscathed.
Midway through the second half, Flint won a freekick on the edge of the Aberystwyth box after a dangerous challenge. Maher stepped up and was inches away from finding the top corner.
The lack of pressure applied by the hosts and the multitude of chances created by the visitors finally paid off, as the breakthrough was made 18 minutes from time. Just as it looked as though missed chances may prove costly, an in form Amis latched onto a Harwood flick on near the halfway line. He showed strength and speed to evade the chasing defenders before sliding the ball into the far corner, as calm as you like.
Aberystwyth upped the ante, looked to score an equaliser late on when a ball was stood up to the back post and after having had very little to do all game, Rushton rose to the occasion and made a fantastic save to deny Jonathan Evans and preserve Flint's lead.
That was the only real scare, and the boys in Black and White held out to secure another vital 3 points and earn their third successive win and clean sheet. In doing so, they leapfrogged their opponents to reach 9th place and will look to carry on in the same manner versus Newtown at home on Tuesday 20th April

Report by Dan Broadbent
Line Ups :
Aberystwyth Town - C. Roberts, L. Bradford, L. Jenkins (c), H. Franklin, M. Jones, J. Veale, J. Owen (G. Kellaway 85), D. Cockerline (J. Evans 60), J. Thorn, J. Reed (M. Williams 85), J. Rimmer. Unused subs - R. Davies, R. Ricketts, O. Jones, J. Saunders
Flint Town United - J. Rushton, C. Bratley, E. Clarke, S. Hart (E. Gumbs 78) , B. Nash, K. Edwards, B. Maher (c), R. Weaver (R. Foulkes 64), J. Amis, M. Cadwallader (T. Weir 64), C. Harwood (J. Buckley 78). Unused Subs - R. Woods (GK), J. Hampson

Flint MOM - Josh Amis (really getting into his stride now and formed an excellent pairing up front with Conor Harwood)

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Match details

Match date

Fri 16, Apr 2021

Kickoff

19:45
Josh Amis

Player of the match

Josh Amis