Niall Takes Charge Of Alliance Team Flint Town

Niall McGuinness is Flint Town United’s new manager.

The former Rhyl boss takes over from Andy Holden and starts work immediately. His first match in charge will be against Gresford Athletic away this Saturday.

Flint have been in talks with a number of candidates since Holden left the club with the aim being to bring in a qualified coach to maintain the club’s commitment to retain the domestic licence

McGuinness is a qualified FAW Youth A licence coach and is actively working is awaiting assessment on his senior A licence.

He joins the current coaching staff of Aden Shannon, who has been caretaker manager for the last few weeks, and Timmy Williams, who is an A licence holder.

Chairman Darryl Williams said: “It was a pre-requisite that we not only obtained the services of a suitably qualified coach, but to also recruit somebody with the ability and character to fit into our existing structure and work with our current coaching staff.

“Niall absolutely meets that criteria.

“We are hopeful  Niall and Aden, supported by Timmy and the backroom staff of Johnny Hill and Paul McAdam, can galvanise the squad and propel us to a top six finish.

“Off the field we will endeavour to retain the coveted domestic licence as we continue to build for the future of this great club.”

Flint lost 2-1 against Holyhead Hotspur in their latest Huws Gray Alliance match. Kenleigh Owen gave Hotspur a half-time lead with Ryan Taylor doubling their advantage after 80 minutes. Chris Budreys was the Flint Town goalscorer.

Former Sheffield United trainee Jake Eyre rocked his former club in a Huws Gray Alliance match at Central Park, Denbigh.

The home team were 1-0 down when Denbigh sent Eyre on as a substitute and he struck twice to send his old club Airbus crashing to defeat.

Title-chasing Airbus scored their goal after five minutes, but conceded three times in the last half hour.

John Davies, Ryan Edwards and Ashley Williams were ruled out of the Airbus team and manager Andy Thomas suffered a further blow minutes before kick-off when Alfons Fosu-Mensah was forced to withdraw from the starting line-up with a foot injury.

Liam Schofield was drafted in alongside fellow under-19 Oli Lanceley up front and made an immediate impact when he fired home a six-yard shot from Leo Riley’s byline cross.

The hosts went close before another Riley cross rebounded off Schofield straight into the arms of keeper Jon Hill-Dunt and the Wingmakers a goal ahead and had been the better team.

Eyre’s introduction changed the game and he quickly equalised from a Josh Davies cross before adding a second on 73 minutes.

Goalkeeper Andy Coughlin denied Eyre his hat-trick with a quality save and Airbus pressed for an equaliser, but they were caught on the break by Davies. He cut in from the left before firing home to seal the 3-1 win.

Caernarfon Town opened up a five-point gap at the top, beating visitors Holywell Town 4-2.

Three goals were scored in the first 12 minutes during a pulsating opening. Rhys Roberts opened the scoring for Caernarfon with Clive Williams doubling their advantage before Steve Lewis netted for Holywell.

Roberts increased Caernarfon’s led two minutes into the second half before a Sam Jones penalty kept Holywell in touch. Jay Gibbs  fired home Caernarfon’s fourth and should have made it five, but missed from a second spot-kick.

Gresford Athletic defeated Ruthin Town 2-1, recovering from a goal down to take the points.

Llyr Morris, top scorer in the Alliance on 15 goals, fired Ruthin ahead after 22 minutes, while Obi Anoruo levelled the scores.

Ruthin took the game to Gresford in the second half, but were caught on the counter-attack after 75 minutes when Tom Freeman scored the winner.

Rhyl won 3-2 at Caersws thanks to goals from Stuart Carroll (penalty), Dan Holland and Tom Rowlands, who scored the winner during injury time.

Caress equalised twice through Craig Harris and Elliot Jones before Rhyl secured the points.

Jake Cooke and Louis Irvine fired Guilsfield 2-0 ahead at Porthmadog. Josh Banks pulled a goal back, but Guilsfield held on for the win.

Huws Gray Alliance results: Caernarfon Town 4, Holywell Town 2; Caersws 2, Rhyl 3; Holyhead Hotspur 2, Flint Town 1; Porthmadog 1, Guilsfield 2; Gresford Athletic 2, Ruthin 1; Denbigh Town 3, Airbus Broughton 1.

Alliance fixtures, Saturday, November 25: Gresford Athletic v Flint Town United (2pm), Llandudno Junction v Penryncoch (2pm), Ruthin Town v Porthmadog (2pm), Airbus Broughton v Holywell Town (2.30pm), Denbigh Town v Caersws (2.30pm), Guilsfield v FC Queens Park (2.30pm), Rhyl v Holyhead Hotspur.

Huis Gray Alliance leading scorers: 15 Llyr Morris (Ruthin Town); 11 Nathan Craig (Caernarfon Town), 11 Darren Morris (Caernarfon Town), 11 Joe Chaplin (Porthmadog), 11 Josh Davies (Denbigh Town), 11 Alfons Fosu-Mensah (Airbus Broughton), 9 Jamie Breese, 9 Steve Lewis (Holywell Town), 8 Asa Hamilton (Guilsfield), 7 Jordon McCarter (Ruthin Town), Owen Roberts (Gresford Athletic), 6 Alex Tetchier (Rhyl), 6 Jamie McDaid (Holywell Town), 6 Mark Connolly (Rhyl).

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