Flashback – 5 years ago: Denbigh gain revenge in comfortable win at Flint

Action from Denbigh v Flint earlier in the season at Central Park. Picture: DTFC website

Flint Town United 0
Denbigh Town 2 (Molyneux 31, Bull 47)
March 30, 2016

A weakened Flint side were relatively easy prey for a Denbigh outfit who gained a measure of revenge for the 6-1 defeat suffered earlier in the season at Central Park.

Silkmen boss Aden Shannon took the opportunity to give some of his youngsters a taste of first team action, in the absence of several of his senior squad players.

Up against a strong Denbigh side, who were probably still smarting from their heaviest loss of the season following the first meeting, it was always going to be a test of character, and in the first half especially, Flint were found wanting.

It did start brightly for the home side, though, as Kyle Smyth outpaced his marker on seven minutes, and put in a low cross which found Abe Dobson, whose effort was saved by Elliot Power in the Denbigh goal.

The visitors should have gone in front on 25 minutes, when a Carl Rogers cross was met by Mike Sharples, who was untroubled by the attentions of any of the Flint defence, only for him to head over from six yards with the goal gaping.

Home keeper Ross Dalton kept his side in it on 29 minutes, when he pulled off a terrific stop to deny Kristian Pierce, who ran through on goal after selling a dummy to Mark Williams.

The breakthrough Denbigh had been threatening arrived just after the half hour mark, when the entire Flint midfield and defence backed off Phil Molyneux, inviting him to shoot from long range. He duly obliged, and found the back of the net.

The lead was doubled two minutes into the second half, when Alan Bull made a darting run into the box to get on the end of a ball and swept it into the net.

Bull could have doubled his tally shortly after, when fed by Pierce, but this time missed the target.

Dalton again came to his side’s rescue on 64 minutes, as he once again produced a smart stop to deny Pierce.

Flint managed to muster a decent chance a few minutes later, when the industrious Dobson found Johnny Hill, but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

Late on, Joe Culshaw almost brought more respectability to the scoreline when a snapshot from the edge of the box flew just wide.
All in all though, it was a comprehensive win for the visitors, as Flint were very much second best on the night.

Flint Town United – R Dalton, J Hill, J Culshaw, C Jones (c) (A Goundrey 78), M Williams (P Martin 72), J Davies, A Dobson, S Cunningham, L Randles (J Abraham 50), J Palmer, K Smyth.

Denbigh Town – E Power, S Kisitu, C Rogers (S James 46), L Smith, M Sharples, S Tate, K Pierce (S Lewis 65) , M Hughes (c), A Bull, P Molyneux, D McIntyre.

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