Also, for the second time, there was a double hat-trick scored in one game, with both Richie Foulkes and Callum Bratley sharing the spoils, and Mark Cadwallader also chipping in with his customary goal.
There's no doubt about it, the Silkmen are currently serving up some very good football, especially at home, which is a real joy to behold. They raced out of the blocks, and took the lead in the first minute, thanks to a 30 yard screamer from Foulkes that buried itself in the top corner of the net. A lovely passage of play down the right was rewarded when Li laid the ball back into the path of Foulkes, who made the most of the space afforded to him, when he let fly and thundered the ball past Ryan Goldston in the Ruthin goal.
That was the perfect start for Flint, and they had several chances to increase their lead as the half wore on, but had to wait until just before half time to do so, as some profligate finishing and good goalkeeping denied them.
Mark Cadwallader reacted well to a Brandon Burrows cross, and lost his marker to get a sight on goal from 16 yards out on 45 minutes. His on target effort was helped on it's way by a deflection off a Ruthin defender, to leave Goldston stranded, and give the Silkmen a two goal cushion at the break. Just before that goal, the visitors had found themselves reduced to ten men when Tom Dyer over reacted to a tackle on one of his teammates and his actions in the face of the referee earned him a straight red card.
Flint were well worthy of their two goal lead at the break, with Nathan Brown in particular causiing all sort of problems for the Ruthin defence with his pace and trickery, and Callum Bratley having a couple of good efforts saved, whilst Mark Cadwallader put a close range header into the ground and over the bar, shortly before he got his goal. For their part, Ruthin had a solitary effort on goal from a corner on 16 minutes, when Garmon Hafal got in a strong header that produced a good save from Aaron Jones.
The second half was to prove quite an ordeal for a Ruthin side down to 10 men, facing a Flint side with their tails up. Brown, Bratley and Cadwallader were all making intelligent runs and were being well found by the likes of Burrows and Foulkes.
Flint were awarded a penalty on 50 minutes, when Goldston brought down Cadwallader, who had been played in by Brown. Richie Foulkes put the spot kick beyond the reach of Goldston to make it 3-0.
Foulkes completed his hat-trick on 53 minutes. Bratley had got on the end of a nice pass down the left, and found Cadwallader, who in turn played it to Foulkes who was lurking on the edge of the box. He hit a powerful drive that Goldston could simply not keep out.
Just after the hour mark, Brown played a telling through ball that released Bratley, and he rounded Goldston, and shot home from an acute angle to make it 5-0.
On 68 minutes, Bratley collected a somewhat overhit ball on the right, and made the most of it, by running back into the box, and firing home from a wide position.
The scoring was completed on 70 minutes, when a long ball from Burrows picked out Bratley, who had timed his run to perfection, and he kept his cool to slot past Goldston and complete his own hat-trick.
Line Ups :
Flint Town United - A. Jones, K. Smyth, T. Kemp, J. Davies (J. Welsh 65), D. McHugh, C. Li, B. Burrows, R. Foulkes (c) (A. Brown), N. Brown, M. Cadwallader, C. Bratley (T. McCallum 78). Unused Subs - R. Smith, T. Davies
Ruthin Town - R. Goldston, M. Evans (T. Sharples 40), R. Davies, T. Dyer, G. Hafal, I. Hughes (c), W. Owen, O. Davies, L. Morris, D. Cox, G. Ifan. Unused Subs - D. Goldston (GK), D. Porter, I. Rassell-Edwards, K. Evans