Monday, July 10, 2006

Flint boss Davies delighted as FC United come to town

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usSource: Evening Leader, Wrexham and Flintshire Edition

FLINT TOWN UNITED boss Paul Davies believes his side lacked that little bit of sharpness as they went down 1-0 in their opening pre-season friendly with FC United.

A second half goal gave the North West Counties Division One side the win over the Cyrmu Alliance club in front of a bumper crowd of more than 1,000, and Davies said: “It was a great game and there was a really good atmosphere. They came here with a huge following and were able to put two completely different sides out in each half and they looked really sharp.

“They have been training for more than a month already, while this was our first game and I think we put in a really good effort.

“New signing Mike Allsopp from Holywell had a really good game and Dean Hughes in midfield was a handful. Steve Muir in goal looked solid and the signs are good for next season.

“FC United have asked us if they can come down again next season, which is fantastic news for us.”

And NEWI Cefn Druids’ duo Dixie McNeil and Graham Jones were more than pleased with their side’s showing against Nefyn United, despite the result going against them.

Druids went down 1-0 at home against the Welsh Alliance outfit, but Jones was adamant the result was immaterial.

“We absolutely bombarded them for the whole of the game,” said Jones. “I think they have had one chance and scored from it, but we have been in control from start to finish.

“The result went against us, but it was our first pre-season friendly game and we used 22 players.

“The result doesn’t matter, they only count in four weeks time when the league starts, until then, who cares. It is the performance we were looking for and the lads put it in.”

New signing Carl Lamb from Bangor City looked impressive up front along side Darren Williams, while former Druids star Danny Watkins, also looked in good touch on his return to the club.

Jones added: “We used 22 players to give everyone a run out and so we could have a look at a number of the trialists here. There were a number of them that looked good and it gives me and Dixie a little bit of a headache about who we bring in. But it is a nice problem to have.”