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Wed 31
Flint Town United
Holywell Town
J Hooper (18')
Flint taste first defeat of the season

Flint taste first defeat of the season

By Nigel Sheen
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Holywell secured the bragging rights in a somewhat lacklustre derby match played in front of a large crowd, as Flint squandered an early lead.

It is becoming a tale of the same old story, as the season starts to unfold, with Flint not converting enough of the chances they are creating. Whereas they got away with it on Saturday, tonight they were punished, as Holywell came back from a goal down to take the victory.
The Silkmen started brightly, and after 8 minutes, a Holywell clearance went to Andy Brown who was some 30 yards from goal. He smashed the ball with his right foot, and it cannoned back off the post, with keeper John Rushton beaten in the Holywell goal.
Five minutes later, a great through ball by Cadwallader split the Wellmen's defence, and James Hooper ran clear, but he overhit the ball with his second touch, and it ran harmlessly through to Rushton.
On 18 minutes, however, Hooper made amends, when he got on the end of a Brown long throw in a packed Holywell box, to steer the ball into the net, and put the Silkmen one goal up.
Hooper almost doubled his tally after 23 minutes, when he ran at the visitors defence, and from 20 yards out hit a curling right foot effort, that produced a fine one handed save by Rushton.
In their only noteworthy attack of the first half, Holywell stunned Flint on 41 minutes, when they scored the equaliser. Paul Williams was allowed to run from midfield, with no serious challenge being made on him, and he fed the ball to Steve Thomas, wide on the left. His 15 yard shot appeared to pass through a group of Flint players, none of whom could get a block on the ball, and it finished up in the net.
Things went from bad to worse for the home side on 55 minutes, when Brown lost possession of the ball to Holywell substitute Lee Emberton, and he slotted it home through a crowded box.
The Wellmen then enjoyed their best spell of possession in the game, for the next 10 minutes or so, as they looked to press home their advantage, forcing a succession of corners.
Disappointingly, Flint looked to have run out of ideas, and resorted to a series of long balls in a desperate hope to get back into the game. As such the game petered out to its inevitable conclusion.
Having suffered their first defeat of the campaign, it is now up to the players to bounce back in the right way on Saturday, when they make the short journey to Mold for another derby game.

Match Report details supplied by Will Price

Line Ups :
Flint Town United - B. Jones, J. Culshaw, A. Brown, S. Cunningham (J. Hill 87), J. Davies, I. Hewitt, M. Cadwallader (c), J. Hooper, R. Foulkes, S. Carroll (N. Dawson 46), L. Tyson (A. Piskorski 60). Unused Subs - D. Sullivan, J. Palmer
Holywell Town - J. Rushton, T. Roebuck, S. Thomas (c), J. Graham (L. Emberton 28), M. Harvey, G. Sudlow, G. Williams, R. Davidson, L. Wandless (M. Bridge 74), P. Williams (S. Jones 85), P. Lloyd. Unused Subs - P. Cliff, D. Griffith

Goalscorers :
Flint Town United - James Hooper (18)
Holywell Town - Steve Thomas (41), Lee Emberton (55)

Bookings :
Flint Town United - Niall Dawson (54), Steve Cunningham (57)
Holywell Town - Lee Emberton (36), Paul Williams (57), Graeme Williams (80)

Flint MOM - Ieuan Hewitt (gave his all for the team and showed great desire for the derby game)

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Match details

Match date

Wed 31, Aug 2016






Huws Gray Alliance

League position

Flint Town United
Holywell Town
Ieuan Hewitt

Player of the match

Ieuan Hewitt