DEPLETED HOTSPUR SUNK BY SPOT KICK
By BARRY ROBERTS
Hotspur lose by a single goal
A penalty by the hosts Corrig Mc Gonigle just before the hour marked proved the difference between Conwy Borough and Holyhead Hotspur at Y Morfa on Wednesday evening and in reality seemed the only likely way either side would have got on the score sheet in an even tightly fought contest often scrappy and lacking quality.
Hotspur new boss Darren Garmey was without five of what would have been regular starters for various reasons and to add insult to injury striker John Littlemore scolded a foot at work earlier in the day and could be out for a few weeks.
To be fair Gramey’s mix and match team did well in the circumstances and a share of the spoils would have been a fairer outcome with no one disputing the effort, but as the manager said after the game that those who come in need to learn some of the basics.
Without a point in the first three games Garmey’s baptism as manager has been far from easy with so many influential players missing and will be hoping for more luck this coming Saturday in players available for selection as hey host league newcomers Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant at the New Stadium kick off 2.30pm hoping to kick starts Hotspur’s season into gear again as they anticipate a clash with Bangor City at Nant Porth on Friday 31st kick off 7.30pm.
Jamie Roberts was just wide on 7 minutes as the visitors started quickly and put pressure on the home goal, while Corey Jones was alert enough to deny the mussle men’s Tommy Creamer on 19. It developed into a fairly even contest as the lively Roberts made the home keeper Keighan Jones save low down at the expense of a corner on 30 minutes. A minute later Luke Wandles made a good run on the left for Conwy which flashed across the face of the goal but there was no final touch. Both sides had half chances before the break without any end product
(Half Time 0 – 0)
All to play for in the second half as Hotspur keeper Carl Jones saved at his near post on 50, but however on 55 the visitors had a let off when Corrig Mc Gonigle tricked Hotspur’s defence by breaking inside the penalty area and his effort was cleared off the line by the perfectly placed Caio Hywel . Two minutes later though the men in orange did take the lead when Sean Mc Caffrey broke into the box only to be clattered by keeper Jones and from the obvious spot kick Mc Gonigle struck home.
Straight after the restart down at the Conwy end keeper Keighan Jones had to come out quickly to kick away a scoring chance while Tomos Clarke made a fine tackle to close down Corey Williams on 61. On 69 minutes Hotspur came the closest to scoring when Harry Galleotti produced a fine effort which had to be tipped over at full stretch by keeper Jones.
Hotspur were now having most of the possession and pushing hard to draw level but without the cutting edge and the hosts defended in numbers as they protected their lead. Conwy backs to the wall were now just happy to clear their lines any way and Hotspur lacking penetration to break then down as the final whistle wa blown
Gareth M Davies