The Citizens once again fielded a mostly youthful line up, save for veterans Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Mike Williams and the experienced goalkeeper Chris Mullock, and the youngsters didn't let their side down, playing their part in the game plan which was designed to protect their goal and maybe hit the hosts on the break.
Bangor were the brighter side in the opening 5 minutes before Flint began to assert themselves, and tested Aaron Jones with a couple of dangerous crosses into the box, but once again the Flint keeper showed some clean handling of the ball to deal with the danger .
Flint's first sight of goal arrived on 6 minutes, when Aron Jones on the right wing laid the ball back into the path of the oncoming Ieuan Hewitt, who tried his luck from range, but put his shot wide of the post. Then a couple of minutes later, Kyle Smith's header from Hewitt's cross was just off target.
For most of the rest of the half, the Silkmen had the lion's share of possession, but were guilty of not using it to their advantage, and rarely troubled Mullock in the Bangor goal. Indeed, the best goalscoring chance fell to the Citizens, during one of their rare forays into the Flint half. It was just after the half hour mark, when some sloppy play by the home side gifted possession to Bangor in midfield just inside the Flint half. Player manager Gary Taylor-Fletcher made the most of it, and set up a move that resulted in the ball being played into the path of Jacob Farleigh , who was advancing down the left wing. He received the ball, and cut into the box, before unleashing a powerful shot that Jones did well to turn around his post for a corner. From the resulting dead ball delivery, Mike Williams connected with a good header, but Jones was once again on hand to make the save.
early in the second half, Flint had a golden opportunity to take the lead, when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box on the right. Andy Brown whipped in the cross, and Mark Cadwallader looked to have timed his jump to perfection as he rose to head it. However, he was a whisker away from making contact as the ball flew across the goal, and had he done so, the ball would surely have ended up in the back of the net.
That was about as good as it got for the home side, although Cadwallader did crash a shot against the underside of the bar, later on, but even if it had crossed the line, then an offside flag would have denied him the goal. As the half wore on, Bangor sat back deeper and deeper, but Flint lacked that vital spark of creativity to break them down. There was always the danger that the Silkmen would be caught over exposed at the back to the counter attack, as they poured forward in search of a goal, and on more than one occasion they were grateful to well timed tackles by Hewitt to prevent the citizens breaching their defence.
With a couple of minutes remaining, Jake Hampson delivered a cross from the right, which Richie Foulkes headed back across goal, and Cadwallader met it, but put his effort wide of the target. And that was the final chance of a game in which the visiting keeper was not called upon to make a notable save. This lack of chances has been something that's been coming increasingly evident over several weeks, and sooner or later it was going to cost us. Whilst we have proved adept at shutting out the opposition, this being our third consecutive clean sheet, we have noticeably struggled at the other end, and have become increasingly reliant on moments of individual brilliance or the reliability of Richie Foulkes from the penalty spot when we have been awarded a spot kick, neither of which occurred today.
Line Ups :
Flint Town United - Aaron Jones, Ieuan Hewitt, Tom Kemp, Ged Kinsella, Jacques Welsh, Dimitri Christou, Aron Jones (Jake Hampson 60), Richie Foulkes (c), Andy Brown (Dylan Allshorn 82), Mark Cadwallader, Kyle Smyth. Unused Subs - Joe Davies, Ryan Smith, Tyreek McCallum
Bangor City - Chris Mullock, Tom Reilly, Mike Williams (c), Osian Hughes, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Jordan Piggott, Alex Boss, Gethin Thomas, Sam Jones, Kian Owen, Jacob Fairleigh. Unused Subs - Nathan Wolland (GK), Steff Taylor, Ben Lundstrom, Cian Williams, Dylan Summers-Jones
Flint Town United - Yellow Cards : Andy Brown (3), Dimitri Christou (61), Tom Kemp (79)
Bangor City - Yellow Cards : Tom Reilly (43)
Flint MOM - Ieuan Hewitt (Produced several well timed, clinical tackles to prevent potentially dangerous Bangor breakaways, and so helped preserve a third consecutive clean sheet for his side )