FLINT Town United now find themselves in the bottom two following a 2-1 loss at Cardiff Met.

The Silkmen have tailed off somewhat following an eye-catching start to the JD Cymru Premier campaign, but Niall McGuinness men are now on a five-game losing run that sees them on the same points as Cefn Druids and Newton at the bottom end of the standings.

The United boss has been blending in a host of new faces since the start of the season, with their lineup at Cyncoed Campus almost unrecognisable from the team that ended the 2019/20 season second in JD Cymru North.

Former Prestatyn Town midfielder Rob Hughes went close on two occasions for the away side early on, with Kyle McCarthy forcing Aaron Jones into a save at the other end with 19 on the clock.

The hosts were growing in stature as the half progressed and forced Jones into another smart stop on 32 minutes when Harry Warwick was put through on goal, and United were dealt a blow just before the break when Nathan Craig was forced off through injury.

After the break saw the hosts finally open the scoring on 48 minutes when a clearance fell to the feet of Dylan Rees, who unleashed a thunderbolt from outside the area that flew past Jones and into the net.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors soon after when Ollie Hulbert converted a chance following a period of pressure to double their advantage.

Warwick almost put the result beyond doubt immediately following the restart when his effort sailed over, which gave Flint life and they got themselves back into the tie on 72 minutes when ex-Rhyl Academy player Callum Bratley headed home.

United laid siege to the Cardiff goal in the closing stages and had a couple of strong penalty appeals turned away as they were forced to come away from the game with a fifth consecutive reverse and their sixth loss in eight games.