FORMER Rhyl manager Niall McGuinness has apologised to Flint Town United’s supporters after his side were thumped 10-0 at The New Saints.

The talented young manager issued the apology on social media site Twitter on Sunday just hours removed from their demoralising defeat, which was a third straight for the Silkmen after a promising start to the JD Cymru Premier season.

United took the place of Prestatyn Town in the top-flight after the Seasiders’ failed to secure a Tier 1 Domestic Licence from the Football Association of Wales despite finishing 16 points clear of their nearest challengers.

McGuinness has experience of such a loss at the full-timers, with the coach managing Rhyl during their 10-0 loss at Park Hall back in 2016.

Things do not get any easier for Flint during their next outing at home to perennial Europa League qualifiers Bala Town, before they welcome fellow newly-promoted side Haverfordwest County on Saturday.

He wrote: “Zero sleep. I just want to apologise to all connected to Flint Town FC, you don’t deserve to witness anything like that.

“We will be doing everything we can to bounce back from this result starting on Tuesday.”

Prolific striker Greg Draper became the club’s all-time record goalscorer by slotting no fewer than five goals during the one-sided affair, which was 3-0 at the break and saw the visitors completely capitulate after the break.

Midfielder Jon Routledge aided his side’s cause with a well-taken brace either side of the half, and the rout was complete thanks to goals late on from Louis Robles, Kwame Boateng and Ryan Harrington.