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Match Preview - Flint Town United v Rhyl 11.11.17

10 November 2017

Rhyl make the short journey to Flint Town United on Saturday afternoon (kick off 2.30pm)  hoping to build on the momentum from the victory over former League leaders Airbus UK Broughton last time out.  The 3-1 win against Airbus was based on a positive start with early goals from the Interim Manager Mark Connolly leading by example and then from Tom Walsh.

Whilst the teams early JD Welsh Cup exit gave the club a weekend off last week a friendly against Conwy Borough on Wednesday night saw Rhyl claim a 3-0 win with goals from Mark Connolly Tom Walsh and Alex Jones.

For Saturday the Lilywhites will make defensive changes with James Brewerton and Tony Davies serving one match suspensions. For the hosts they are expected to include a number of ex Lilywhites in their squad.  In their last match 4 ex Lilywhites featured, keeper Niki Lee Bulmer, defenders Matty Woodward and Stefan Halewood and midfielder Levi Mackin.

Previous matches

Our paths crossed in the three seasons in the Huws Gray Alliance at the start of the decade with mixed results. Our first season in the Huws Gray Alliance saw a November trip and on this occasion the honours were shared as a Mark Cadwallader goal secured a point for the Lilywhites. The 2011-12 season saw a rearranged trip to Flint as a midweek fixture in March and a 1-1 draw set the scene for a disappointing end to the season as we lost out to Connahs Quay for the title. On this occasion Paul Mooney grabbed the goal for Rhyl. The title winning season of 12-13 saw a better result, a 2-0 victory in early January with Mark Powell and Dave Forbes grabbing the goals in from of 386 spectators, including a sizeable contingent from Rhyl.

Current Form

Flint similarily to Rhyl have struggled this season following high expectations at the start of the season. The appointment of former Rhyl player Andy Holden as manager increased expectations and after a positive start which saw 8 points picked up from the first 4 games and a victory of Rhyl in the Nathanel MG Cup, over the next 5 league games they have struggled. Defeats at Caernarfon and Airbus followed and whilst they picked up 3 points at home to Guilsfield the next trip to Caersws saw defeat and following the home loss against Denbigh Town, Andy Holden left as Manager by mutual consent to be replaced by Aden Shannon on an interim basis. Last time out in the league Flint won 5-0 away at Llandudno Junction.  Last weekend Flint won 3-1 away at Llay Welfare in Round 2 of the JD Welsh Cup and their reward is a trip to Buckley Town in early December.

Currently Flint are level in the table with Rhyl.