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Flint Town United
Buckley Town
K Smyth (40')
Silkmen sunk by Stags

Silkmen sunk by Stags

By Nigel Sheen
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Buckley gained revenge on Flint for their defeat in the reverse fixture, by taking the honours at Cae-Y-Castell.

Not for the first time this season, Flint were left to rue a string of missed chances and profligacy in front of goal, allowing their opponents to nip in and nick all 3 points.
The visitors carved open the Flint defence on 7 minutes, when Aaron Williams played a defence splitting pass from the halfway line, which found Mark Ellis, whose weak shot from the edge of the box was easily collected by Ross Dalton.
Abe Dobson produced his own delightful long pass for the home side 5 minutes later, when his ball over the top was played perfectly into the path of Kyle Smyth. However, his first touch was poor, allowing the Buckley defence to recover and smother him, averting the danger.
Buckley's Adam Eden found himself through on goal on 16 minutes, but Dalton was alert and produced a great stop to deny Eden.
The game was an end to end affair at this stage, with the next good chance falling to Flint on 20 minutes. Craig Jones delivered a great ball into the danger area with plenty of pace, and Joe Palmer connected with it, heading over from 12 yards out.
As the half wore on, Flint started to gain the ascendancy, and on the half hour mark, a Stewart Carroll corner was headed into the side netting at the back post by Johnny Hill.
The opening goal arrived on 40 minutes. The energetic Abe Dobson chased down a loose ball near the corner, and managed to retrieve it, laying it into the path of Jack Abraham, who with his first touch rounds his marker and squares the ball across the face of goal for Kyle Smyth to tap in from close range. Excellent build up play gaining its just reward.
Flint had a great opportunity to go into the break 2-0 up, when a good free kick delivery from Dobson found Carroll, who hit the post from 5 yards out.
Two minutes into the second half, and Carroll was again denied by the woodwork, albeit from much further out this time. Craig Jones produced another good delivery into the box to find Palmer, who laid the ball back to Carroll on the edge of the area. The midfielder hit a belter of a shot, that struck the angle of post and bar.
Flint were rocked back on their heels on 53 minutes, when Eden broke out of midfield and hit a tremendous 40 yarder that whistled into the net giving Dalton no chance.
With quarter of an hour left on the clock, Flint skipper Jones found Smyth, whose shot on the turn was lacking in accuracy. Two minutes later, Joe Culshaw retrieved a seemingly harmless ball that had been played across the box, and fired in a ball that flashed across the face of the Buckley goal.
Into the last 10 minutes, and a John Davies flick on from a corner found Abraham on the back post, but just as he was about to get his shot away, he slipped, and the chance was gone.
The sucker punch arrived in the 89th minute, when the ball was given away cheaply to danger man Eden. He produced a lung busting 40 yard run to score easily, as the defence could not mount a serious challenge to stop him.
So, an entertaining local derby that produced some quality goals went the way of the visitors as they took full advantage of the fewer chances they created during the match.

Match Report details supplied by Will Price

Line Ups :
Flint Town United - R. Dalton, J. Culshaw, J. Beck, C. Jones (c), J. Davies, J. Hill, J. Abraham, A. Dobson, J. Palmer, S. Carroll (P. Djan 73), K. Smyth. Unused Subs - A. Goundrey, E. Quinlan (GK), M. Williams, J. Hayes
Buckley Town - B. Jones, J. Jones (D. Reece 81), M. Roberts, C. Roberts, N. Williams, T. Lloyd (J. Gannon 67), J. Leamy, L. Reynolds, M. Ellis (K. Reid 90), A. Eden, A. Williams. Unused subs - D. Wynne, D. Sullivan

Goalscorers :
Flint Town United - K. Smyth (40)
Buckley Town - A. Eden (53, 89)

Cards :
Flint Town United - Yellow : C. Jones (90)
Buckley Town - none

Flint MOM - Abe Dobson (for the third consecutive match - was at the heart of everything and displayed a good work rate and range of passing)

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Wed 23, Mar 2016



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Abe Dobson

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Abe Dobson