NOT finishing in the bottom two at the end of the season is all the motivation Flint Town United and Cefn Druids need going into tonight’s basement battle at The Essity Stadium.

Flint moved out of the dangerzone with a 2-0 home win over fellow strugglers Cardiff Met while Druids, who still prop up the division, picked up a confidence-boosting 2-1 victory against Haverfordwest.

Now the two go head-to-head with Flint boss Neil Gibson (pictured below) keen to make up for the 2-1 defeat he suffered at home to Druids in his first game in charge last December.

“We did lose to them in my first game in charge here but we’ve been trying to get over to the players that this is now a fresh start,” said Gibson. “Phase Two is like a new season and we started off well by beating Cardiff Met. It was a confidence booster.”

After 6-0 and 5-0 hammerings to The New Saints and Bala Town, Flint needed to stop the rot. And they did that as goals from Connor Harwood and Callum Bratley secured the points.

“It was a good result for but Druids had a good win too and they will be buoyed by that heading into the game on Tuesday,” added Gibson, whose only downside of Saturday’s win was to see midfielder Alex Jones sent off for picking up two yellow cards and seeing full backs Dan Roberts and Tom Kemp limp off with hamstring injuries.

“I’ve said all along that with the games coming thick and fast, we’d have to manage the players. That’s what we’ll do.

“We’ve got the win, now we need the consistency because teams are going to take points off each other and the table could look totally different at the end of the season.”

His opposite number, Jayson Starkey, who looks set to be in charge at The Rock until the end of the season, totally agrees.

“Anyone can beat any team in this division,” said the Druids Head of Coaching. “You only had to look at Connah’s Quay losing on Saturday.

“We’ve tried to instil in the players that Saturday was the start of the new season. And we’ve got off to the best possible start.

“What was pleasing is that the things we worked on in training on the players’ decision-making, they carried it through onto the pitch.

“Everyone played their part in the victory, including the subs and we were rewarded with a great goal from Charley Edge to win it at the end.

“But that came about by Harry Brazel showing great energy to win the ball, find Stef Edwards and his pass put Charley through one-on-one.

“It was a great finish - something we know he’s well capable of.”

Niall Flint was Druids other scorer and Flint’s back line better watch out for their namesake tonight.

Cardiff Met, who slipped into the bottom two on Saturday, host Newtown while Aberystwyth head to Haverfordwest County, who are eight points ahead of them in the table.


P W D F A Pts

Haverfordwest … 23 8 5 30 37 29

Aberystwyth Town 23 5 6 31 42 21

Newtown 23 6 5 31 42 23

Flint Town United 23 6 0 23 53 18

Cardiff MU 23 4 5 14 37 17

Cefn Druids 23 4 4 23 54 16