Skelmersdale United 2-1 Flint Town
Skelmersdale United completed their pre-season preparations with a well fought 2-1 victory over a strong Welsh Premier outfit Flint Town, the game played at Burscough due to ongoing problems at the JMO, saw a first half played with high intensity and commitment from both sides but produced little in the way of goalmouth action.
United stand in keeper Louie Hood had to make a smart reflex save midway through the half and United’s best chances fell late on, good work from Josh Nicholson and stand in skipper Sam Sheen set up Jordan Southworth but is curling effort just drifted wide of the far post and a free kick from Karl Clair just crept over the bar.
The second period started with Flint on the offensive playing some good neat football Baba Conteh did well to clear of the line after United’s keeper was beaten, a sustained pressure on the United goal, saw a fine run from the Welshmen’s No 9 resulting in Hood making his second top class save of the afternoon, there was however nothing he could do with the goal conceded on the hour, a free kick on the edge of the box took a wicked deflection and left Hood in no man’s land, Flint Towns pressure had paid off.
United pulled a goal back 5 minutes later, substitute Kenny Strickland was given time and space on the edge of the box and with a sweet right foot sent the ball crashing into the back of the net for 1-1.
It was United’s turn to apply the pressure and from it came the winner and sweet it was to, Youngster Eddie Servuts, with his back to goal turned his marker, advanced at pace and unleashed a terrific drive that had the keeper rooted.
The victory was no more than United deserved apart from a short spell at the start of the second half they were much the better side.
Paul McNally was delighted with the final pre-season outing “Flint are a very good side, they made us work very hard, we just about deserved the win. We start the season of proper next week when we face Padiham and the lads’ performances in the last two weeks have given me a real headache when it comes to team selection”.
United face Padiham next Saturday in the FA Cup with the match again being played at Burscough.