FLINT Town United fell to their fourth consecutive defeat as they were downed 2-0 at home by Haverfordwest County.

Former Rhyl boss Niall McGuinness brought in a host of new faces this week following their ten-goal drubbing at The New Saints, but the Silkmen were made to pay for some missed opportunities in the first half that played a leading role in their eventual demise.

United gave a debut to ex-Prestatyn Town midfielder Alex Jones, who left the Seasiders’ this week, but Kai Edwards was taken out of the starting lineup shortly prior to the contest.

A cagey start to proceedings brought little in the way of chances, with Callum Bratley firing wide for the hosts with ten minutes gone.

Prolific forward Mark Cadwallader missed a guilt-edged chance to put the home side ahead of 16 minutes when he blazed over with the goal at his mercy, with another goalbound effort hacked off the link with half an hour on the clock.

This brought around the first real opportunity for the visitors soon after when Marcus Griffiths came within inches of latching onto a tremendous delivery from Danny Williams.

Joe Palmer, another arrival at the Essity Stadium this week from Airbus UK Broughton, hit a long-range effort that flew wide shortly after the break, but the away side gradually built momentum as the second half progressed and got their reward on 63 minutes.

Williams was once again the architect, laying on a chance for Ben Fawcett to put away after Rob Hughes had spurned two efforts just before the deadlock was broken.

County were presented with a golden chance to secure three points on 82 minutes when they were awarded a penalty, which Williams tucked away with aplomb to give the Bluebirds a notable triumph.

Things don’t get any easier in the coming games for McGuinness’ men, who travel to Cardiff Met on Saturday, host Bala Town the following Tuesday in their rearranged fixture and make another long trek south to take on Penybont on October 24.