Bangor City v Holyhead Hotspur Friday 7th December, 2018
Holyhead Hotspur’s good run of cup success this season despite poor league form caught up with them at Nant Porth on Friday night in this third round Welsh Cup tie against hosts Bangor City as despite a positive start and commitment throughout a superior Citizens side controlled a large percentage of the game and forged ahead just before the break and added three more in the second half to press home an emphatic win. It was only after going three nil down just after the hour that anything other than a home win was on the cards that Hotspur finally adjusted with two substitutions and pulled a goal back just after and if scorer John Littlemore had taken another rare opportunity it may have put pressure on the hosts, however the best goal of the game by Rob Parry put paid to any hopes of a sting in the tail! A large following from Holy Island turned up and were disappointed that Darren Garmey’s side had not made a better fist of it bur sadly their league form came back to haunt them. Hotspur will need to get back on track hopefully this coming weekend when Ruthin Town visit for the third time this season Hotspur previously winning League Cup and Welsh Cup fixtures. The following Saturday we host Conwy Borough and maximum points is needed from both matches so we can pull away from the basement places in the league sooner rather than later. Hotspur first to show but a shot from Bangor flew over the bar at the other end while Rob Parry nearly got through the Hotspur defence. It took a fine tackle by Alex Jones to deny Les Davies as he broke into a dangerous situation but Hotspur at this point were coping well with the Bangor attacks. However Bangor began to take control mid field and on 25 Hotspur keeper young Dan Williams did very well to cut out a dangerous cross from the right by Jake Phillips who was given far too match room all match and was the default man in building up Bangor’s attacks. Bangor now dictating matters but not scoring as Hotspur’s defence stood firm. A goal had to come and it did on 40 a long cross from the left reached Alex Darlington at the far post who too easily lost his defender and slotted home. Two minutes later Williams saved well from Les Davies and thankfully Davies shot the rebound wide
Half Time 1 -0
Hotspur needed to up their game but just after the start it was Alex Jones who denied Parry with Bangor continuing to be on the front foot and on 56 the hosts were two up when Alex Darlington’s innocuous shot somehow evaded Williams’s dive. Parry curled a great effort wide on 59 but a minute later it was 3 – 0 when he picked up from poor defending and shot home. Two belated substitutions took place and this revitalized Hotspur and a fine free kick was headed across goal by Alex Jones for John Littlemore to prod home. A minute later the same player was in on goal but could not successfully chest the effort to make it two for Hotspur. Bangor’s fourth goal came on 76 when great work by Les Davies on the left gave Parry an opportunity from 20 yards and he rifled the ball home with no Hotspur defender anywhere near him to close him down.