We welcomed Flint Mountain FC, from the Clwyd East League, to the Riverside for the Reserves & Colts third pre-season fixture to date.
The experienced & physical test that they provided would be a good marker for the young lads, and would show how they adapted their game to suit this type of opposition.
First five minutes we cut Flint apart as Tom Edwards cut in from the left before unselfishly squaring to Ruben Monterio, who seen his close range shot saved well by the Flint Mountain goalkeeper. We carved out numerous chances with Harry Bowen and Monterio again going close. The biggest issue we had was getting caught on the ball defensively, causing our own problems. We tried to get into our passing rhythm but whilst we kept possession well at times we didn’t use the ball efficiently in the final third. The young lads stood up well to the physical test, but we couldn’t get the break though and the half ended 0-0.
Second half and we started moving the ball quicker in the final third which started to wear Flint down. Some good work out wide from Chris Piney, allowed him to play in the under lapping Ruben Monterio who squared for James Triggs to side foot into the roof of the net from 16 yards.
The movement up top was beginning to cause Flint problems, whilst defensively we kept them to a few chances from distance which Josh Williams in goal dealt with well. We extended our lead when Rhys Powell picked the ball up from 25 yards before driving the ball home into the bottom corner. The fitness levels between the two team was evident and Ben Richards in midfield was starting to find his passing range, releasing Luke Peters numerous times down the right. The third goal was only a matter of time and Rhys Powell added to his tally with a cool finish to make it 3-0. Luke Peters was set free down the right only for the ref to call the game back unfairly.
The last 10 minutes we managed the game well as we controlled the tempo and kept possession well, whilst still looking to attack when the opportunity presented itself. Another good performance by the young lads, and with two weeks of hard training before we head to Llanidloes on the 4th August fitness & tactical improvements will be evident.