Flint Town United 0 - 3 Holywell Town
The Wellmen pick up all three points in Boxing Day derby match.
The Wellmen made the short journey to local rivals Flint Town United for the Boxing Day cracker, and Town’s supporters were made up after a 3-0 victory.
The match started with both sides trying to take control of the game and the first chance fell to the Wellmen, Steve Lewis flick on from a Steve Thomas corner and the ball fell to Mark Winslade but his shot was blocked by goalkeeper Nikki Lee- Bulmer. A few minutes later the hosts had a shot which goalkeeper Shaun Pearson tipped over the bar before Sam Jones had a shot from outside the area which went wide of the post.
Both sides continued to look for the breakthrough, Ieuan Hewitt going close and Charlie Hughes should have done better when he fired wide. Just after the half hour mark, Steve Thomas went on a run and beat the challenges of 3 Flint Town United players, but his shot was blocked by a last gasp slide by Flint’s John Palmer. With a few minutes remaining of the half, Lewis had a free kick which went inches wide and the players went off for their half time break with the score locked at 0-0.
The second half was a different story, as Holywell Town took the game to the hosts and within the first few minutes, Town could have taken the lead with Lewis and Graeme Williams both having good efforts blocked, after a few more chances, the break through finally came just on the hour mark when Matty Harvey's looping header at the far post found the back of the net to give the Wellmen a deserved lead.
A few minutes later, Town could have increased their lead. Steve Thomas, who was having a great game in midfield, broke through, and as he ran in on goal, Lee-Bulmer came out to narrow the angle, and was able to palm away Thomas’ deft chip. Lewis then had a low shot saved before another great run by Thomas saw him lay the ball off to Lewis but he miskicked the ball and the chance was gone.
Flint Town United then had a good spell of pressure, and Shaun Pearson had to be alert and brave to save at the feet of Chris Budrys, and Richie Foulkes fired in a shot just wide.
The decisive second goal came in the 84th minute, when a through ball by Phil Lloyd found Steve Lewis, who controlled well before threading the ball through to Mark Winslade who fired home to double Town's advantage.
The killer third goal came with a couple of minutes left, when Steve Lewis evaded a challenge by the Flint defender, and managed to control the loose ball well before laying off to Sam Jones, who's shot found the bottom corner, infront of the ecstatic Holywell Town supporters.
With the game now won, Town had one more effort on goal when sub Marc Gunther shot wide after good work by Morgan Jones, but as the ref blew for full time, the points and bragging rights were deservedly Holywell Town’s, and Town will now be full of confidence for Saturday’s away game at Rhyl.