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Welsh Cup: Paul Davies eyes quarter-final spot as Flint Town United are handed home tie

FLINT TOWN United boss Paul Davies is drawing inspiration from Cefn Druids’ famous Welsh Cup run as his own team ventures further in the competition, writes DAVID TRIGGS.

The Silkmen beat Llanidloes Town 1-0 in front of a 300-plus crowd at Cae-y-Castell on Saturday to book a place in the fourth round. They were subsequently handed a winnable home tie against Welsh League Division Two side Caerau Ely in the last 16.

Davies reckons there is no reason why Flint can’t make their mark in this season’s Welsh Cup and emulate Huws Gray Alliance rivals Druids, who reached the final last term.

Reflecting on the draw, Davies said: “We couldn’t really have asked for much better. It’s a home draw against a lower league team. We’re very good at home. I think we’ve only dropped three points at home in the league all season.

“If we win, we’re through to the last eight. Druids did it last year, so why can’t we?”

Caerau Ely will make the trip up to Deeside from their Cardiff base to face Flint on Saturday, January 26. Having claimed the scalp of the Silkmen’s neighbours Holywell on Saturday, they will not be taken lightly – despite the fact Davies’ men will be favourites to progress into the quarter-finals.

They left it late against Llanidloes at the weekend, with super sub Shaun Beck popping up to score in the 90th minute. With extra time looming, Beck collected a cross from Ryan Hedges and netted after a great turn and shot. The prolific forward is carrying an ankle injury, so he is only being brought off the bench in emergencies.

Davies felt Flint were worthy winners.

“It was a great game,” he said. “We played exceptionally well in the first half. We should have gone in a couple of goals up. They had a decent period at the start of the second half, but we took over again in the last 25 minutes.

“We’re hitting a bit of form now. We had a sticky period when we lost a few players to injury, but they’re coming back now and the squad is looking a lot healthier.”

Flint host Penrhyncoch in the Huws Gray Alliance on Saturday (2.30pm).