One of the Cymru Alliance favourites Flint Town United handed Queens Park their second defeat in a row as they won by three goals at Stantsy Park last Saturday.
Queens Park went into the fixture looking to get back to the form which picked up a big win over Airbus two weeks ago following a big midweek 6 – 1 loss to Rhyl. Flint on the other hand were coming out of an intense three all draw with their local rivals Holywell Town.
The game started off very even both in terms of possession and number of goal scoring chances. A couple of narrow misses from each side but neither looked particularly clinical in front of goal within the first twenty minutes.
However, all of a sudden the deadlock was broken as Flint defender Phil Doran brought down Queens Park’s target man Barry Torrence in the box, a slight confusion between the linesman and referee meant a delay in deciding to give a penalty to Queens Park. But it was indeed given and Mike Latham stepped up and slotted the ball low and to the right of Keeper Nik Bulman.
1-0 down in the 21st minute and Flint began to up the pace in the encounter, immediately calling Queens Park Keeper Callum Thurman into action following a powerful header by Flint Star Shaun Beck.
It was not until the 35th minute that Flint managed to hit back through a Stefan Halewood headed effort from the back post of a well delivered Ieuen Hewitt corner.
Flint were in control for the rest of the half, but a solid Queens Park defence was doing a good job of keeping the game tied until a strong shot from outside of the box following a clearance out the box from a Flint free kick was blocked by the arm of Queens Park midfielder Nicky Chesters and the game’s second penalty was awarded.
Richie Foulkes stepped up and although Callum Thurnham dived the right way the shot still went in meaning Flint went into the break winning 2-1 after their dominant end to the first 45 minutes.
Flint didn’t carry their dominance into the start of the second half as the game reverted to a back and forth style with the goalkeepers being kept on their toes by good efforts from each team.
Andy Holden’s men did further their lead in the 60th minute though as Phil Doran worked well to get around Barry Torrence in the corner of the pitch and put in a cross onto the head of Luke Tyson but Thurnham saved the attempt but the ball rebounded onto the foot of Richie Foulkes who proceeded to score his second of the match and make it 3-1 to Flint.
Flint’s final goal came 16 minutes later and saw midfielder Kyle Smyth dribble around a couple of players just outside the box before curling the ball from the edge of the box to the bottom right of the Keeper.
The game ended as it begun with very limited chances and an even possession. Flint already had the game won and for both sides it was a case of waiting for the final whistle to blow which it soon did. A talented performance by the 4 – 1 winners but Queens Park definitely showed they have the potential to perform well in the league in the future.
Stefan Halewood – Shut down the Queens Park attack on many occasions and grabbed the first goal which boosted Flint’s spirit for the rest of the match, allowing them to win the fixture.
Line Ups :
Queens Park – C.allum Thurnham, Sean Humphries, Andy Hughes, Danny Myers, Tony Jones, Nicky Chesters, Corey Smart, Edgar Lima, , Mike Latham, Barry Torrence (c), Sean Skimmings (Charlie Jones 62). Unused Subs – Barry Martin, Heldar Ramos, A. Elms
Flint Town United – Nik Bulmer, IeuanHewitt, Phil Doran, Stefan Halewood (c), Joel Haack, Levi Mackin, Kyle Smyth (Iwan Rogers 77), Richie Foulkes, Luke Tyson, Shaun Beck (James Hooper 70), Mark Cadwallader. Unused Sub – Johnny Hill