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Football: Flint Town United hold off determined Penycae

ON a day where the weather turned many games into boggy boring affairs Flint Town United won a seven-goal thriller at Penycae 4-3 in the Cymru Alliance.

The home side were determined to shake off the stigma of their 10-0 mauling at the hands of Caersws the previous week.

And although the Silkmen came out on top, Peny did enough to claw back some respect.

Flint had the better of the opening exchanges, spurning two good chances in the opening 15 minutes.

They were almost made to pay when John Davies lost possession to Penycae’s Jimmy Jones, but his tame effort was safely collected by Mike Jones in the Flint goal.

Paul Davies’ side opened the scoring on 22 minutes when Phil Lloyd rampaged down the left wing and his quality cross was bundled across the line by Aaron Edwards from four yards out.

The Silkmen doubled their advantage two minutes later when Sam Jones outmuscled two Penycae defenders in the box to fire home.

But Penycae were not about to lie down and take another beating and Ian Oliver Davies almost immediately halved the deficit.

Just before the half hour Peny pulled level, Flint keeper Jones fumbling the ball and allowing Davies to walk the ball into an empty net.

As the game rocked from end to end Flint regained the lead on 35 minutes, Shaun Beck stealing into the box only to be upended by a defender.

Aaron Edwards stepped up to the spot, but although his initial effort was beaten out he tapped in the rebound.

Penycae were forced to bring on reserve keeper Ashley Roberts for the second half due to an injury but he was barely troubled early on.

Flint finally got their act together on 80 minutes, when Phil Lloyd’s spectacular bicycle kick was well saved by Roberts.

Barely a minute later, a defence-splitting pass from substitute Stewart Carroll released Edwards, who calmly found the net to complete his hat-trick.

But Nick Jones scored for Penycae with an 86th minute free-kick to set up a tense finish.

RHYDYMWYN slipped to a 6-1 defeat at home to Caersws. Chris Guy grabbed Rhyd’s only goal.

Buckley Town’s game against Holyhead Hotspur was postponed due to waterlogging.

Boss Gareth Thomas is hoping to have left-sided defender Robert Nugent available for this weekend.

Nugent is awaiting International clearance after returning from living in California, where he played locally.