Flint’s Rob Jones dreaming of league cup success at fourth attempt for club
Flint Town United have had an up and down season, but midfielder Rob Jones believes the club can end it on a high in the Huws Gray Cup Final versus Gresford FC this weekend.
The midfielder has been a regular feature in manager Niall McGuinesses’ squad, which finished 9th in the second tier after 10 wins, five draws and 12 losses.
Flint have a poor record in the Huws Gray Cup final of late, but Jones believes they can change their fortune tomorrow at Ruthin’s Memorial Playing Fields.
The club are hoping to end a curse in this competition, having reached the final for the fourth time in a row after losing out in all three of the previous finals.
“The lads have been unlucky the past couple of years, we feel confident we can go and win this time around. Having played at Ruthin’s ground last weekend we know what the pitch will be like so we’ve got to use that to our advantage.”
And the three time Huws Gray Alliance title winner with Connah’s Quay and Caernarfon is chomping at the bit to be involved in the game after missing 2017’s final as a member of Caernarfon’s squad at the time.
“Definitely! After being involved throughout the season and miss out on the final was gutting. Ask any player, the more finals you appear in, the big games you play in and the trophies you win is exactly what being involved in football is all about! It should be another great occasion!”
Standing in the way of Flint’s quest for the cup is Gresford, who have endured a similar season to Flint finishing just above them in eighth.
Jones is well aware of the opposition’s quality, with Gresford coming out the better of the clubs in their league meetings with one win and one defeat over the Silkmen.
“Gresford are a difficult, organised and effective team that have proved tough opponents, not only for us but others in the league this year.
“I think it will be a tight and tense affair but it’s all about winning on the day regardless of type of football played. Anything can happen on the day but hopefully this time we get give the club and everyone associated something to celebrate!”
As a cup winner against Flint, Jones is hoping his experience and the pain of three previous final defeats will be a winning formula.
“We certainly carry confidence into the game on Saturday with our recent form, coupled with the experience of the previous two years will only add to the hunger and desire to win it this time around.
“You’ve got to believe you can win it or there’s no point in participating! At the end of the day it’s another final where anything can happen on the day but we certainly feel we can get the job done this time around.
The game kicks off at Ruthin Town FC at 2:30pm.
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