HOTSPUR SPIKED AS FLINT GO NAP!
By BARRY ROBERTS
Hotspur lose opening game 5-2
Holyhead Hotspur suffered a disappointing result in their first match of the new 2018/19 Huws Gray Alliance league campaign going down to a 5 – 2 defeat at Cae Castell against Flint Town United. However new boss Darren Garmey in his first game at the helm although not happy with the emphatic looking score line looks to his team to bounce back this coming Saturday at home to Gresford Athletic feeling that a number of the goals conceded were of the ‘soft’ variety and should have been avoided. Even at 4 -2 down well into the second half the visitors were well in with a chance of getting something out of the game as they put the home rearguard under immense pressure, but a fifth by the hosts with a few minutes remaining killed off any hope of a real come back. New chairman Ben Williams also at his first game in the hot seat also felt it was never a 5 -2 sort of match!
Young 16 year old keeper Dan Williams deputized for returning custodian Carl Jones who was suspended, and was at fault for the first goal as early as the fourth minute but could not be blamed for the others and made a number of fine saves to keep the Silkmen from adding further punishment who throughout used their physically strong attributes to good effect.
After a nip and tuck start Flint went ahead onm four minutes when Dan Williams took too long with a clearance which was charged down by Kai Wallies the ball trickling slowly into the corner of the net. The game was taking a long time to get going , as were Hotspur, but on 24 Harri Gallotti on the right sent over a great cross finding John Littlemore whose header brought affine tip over save by Flint keeper Josh Hart. Hotspur were starting to find their feet but on 24 fell further behine when a free kick by Sam Hart reached Mark Cadwallader and produced a header which looped over everyone and landed in the far corner. Hotspur were trying to respond but Dan Williams and a superb tackle by Kenleigh Owen prevented further problems before the interval
(HT 2 - 0).
Hotspur started the second half on the front foot and put pressure on the home goal and good play from John Littlemore found Chris Jones whose effort was turned away for a corner. However a break away by Flint saw them go 3 ahead on 57 when Mark Cadwallader notched his brace following fast inter play on the left which was switched across goal and he finished off a fine move. At 3 -0 down Hotspur made a positive reply when a free kick from the right reached Tomos Clarke who poked the ball past Hart. Just seven minutes later came a fourth goal for the home side much to the disappointment of the Hotspur manager. A corner on the right saw central defender Andy Brown climb highest to nod the ball in style past Dan Williams. However to their credit Hotspur never threw in the towel and reduced the arrears again on 70 when a free kick from the right was whipped in to the goal mouth and Chris Jones reacted the quickest to deflect the ball home (4 – 2). The hosts looked for more and on 76 a free kick by captain Sam Hart saw Dan Williams in action to deny the hosts with a fine save while again a shot on goal hit the side netting. Williams again saved at the foot of the post on 83 while Hotspur looked dangerous with crosses into the Flint box but to no avail.
However on 87 Flint broke out of defence and added a fifth goal when Mamudo Dabo played in substitute Jake Hampson who slotted the ball home.
While young Dan Williams started between the sticks his father vastly experienced Mervyn Williams well into his fifties also a signed keeper was on the bench!!
Gareth M Davies