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Flint lose out to Newtown once more

Flint lose out to Newtown once more

By Nigel Sheen
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For the second time in eight days, Flint suffered a reverse at the hands of an in-form Newtown side


The Robins are surely now odds on favourites to claim the play off spot, having recently displaced Haverfordwest and claimed the all important 7th place in the league table.
It was they who started the game the brightest, dictating possession for the majority of the 1st half. However, when they did manage to get into the final third, the Flint back line remained resolutely solid. Fumpa Mwande, the pacey Newtown left winger looked the brightest for the hosts showing his trickery a number of times to beat Ben Maher, but the full back never gave up all night and managed to keep him from providing an end product.
After his substitute appearance on Saturday afternoon in Haverfordwest, Jake Hampson started his first Cymru Premier League game, and he took to it like a duck to water. He proved to be the most dangerous threat for the visitors in the first half and laid on some good chances for his teammates. Most notably, a free kick from a wide left area midway through the first half, which was whipped in with pace and fell agonisingly away from the reach of Josh Amis at the back post.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, although Newtown came out with a bit more urgency this time. It wasn’t long before their authority with the ball paid off. Jordan Evans, who was also a dangerous threat in last week's home encounter, managed to beat his man 1 on 1 in the box and slip a finish between Rushton and the near post to give the Robins a slender advantage on 54 minutes.
This goal so early in the half made Flint come out of their defensive shell a little more though. And the rest of the half saw a more even split of possession with the visitors trying to get the ball on the floor and play some neat football.
Hampson had another set piece in the 60th minute which this time Amis did connect with, but was unable to control his header and get it on target. More set piece opportunities presented themselves to the Silkmen, and looked to be their best chance of getting back into the game. Alex Jones getting onto the end of one and directing the ball back across goal only for a red shirt to clear the ball away to safety.
In the end Newtown did enough to shut out Flint and claim another three points in their quest for the play off spot whilst Flint will need to lift themselves and seek to secure a victory over Haverfordwest on Saturday afternoon as they attempt to gather enough points in their remaining games to finish above the bottom two placings.

Line Ups :
Newtown - D. Jones, K. Mills-Evans, J. Evans (R. Edwards 87), J. Davies (N. Rushton 46), C. Williams (c), T. Ofori (J. Breese 72), G. Hughes, S. Sutton, A. Fletcher, F. Mwandwe, C. Roberts. Unused Subs - K. Steventon (GK), J. O'Neill, D. Downs
Flint Town United - J. Rushton, B. Maher, J. Hampson, E. Gumbs, B. Nash, S. Hart, R. Weaver (M. Blackwell-Jones 84), R. Foulkes (c), J. Amis, T. Weir (C. Bratley 46), A. Jones. Unused Subs - R. Woods (GK), K. Edwards, J. Syers-Newton, L. Ellis, E. Beattie (GK)

Flint MOM - Ross Weaver (provided the most control in the middle of the pitch for the away side and man marked Jordan Evans well up until the goal)

Report by Dan Broadbent

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Match details

Match date

Tue 27, Apr 2021

Kickoff

19:45
Ross Weaver

Player of the match

Ross Weaver