IT’S LOSS FOUR AS HOTSPUR HIT ROCK BOTTOM
By BARRY ROBERTS
No points again for Hotspur
Still without a number of regulars Holyhead Hotspur continued their dismal start to the new campaign with a fourth successive defeat, this time by the odd goal in five against promoted Llanrhaeadr Y Mochnant at the New Stadium.
After conceding an early goal to Marc Griffiths which although outstanding should have been stopped as he drifted past three defenders, Hotspur responded well when Jamie Mc Daid drew his team level converting the rebound after his penalty had been saved initially on fourteen minutes. The hosts continue to have more possession and seconds before the break forged ahead with Mc Daid’s second goal.
This augured well for the second period but it was the visitors who took the game to the hosts Ryam Whitton putting his side level following very poor defensive play, while Marc Griffiths quick on the break won the game for Llan and he could have added to their total as Hotspur short at the back of defensive players pressed to get back on term.
Manager Darren Garmey must be wondering what he has let himself in for, and is praying to be able to field something like a stronger side (suspensions and weddings aside) to give his team a chance against a wounded Bangor City (two defeats on the bounce) this coming Friday night 31st August Nant Porth with 7.30pm kick off, Bangor will be looking to get to winning ways so it’s going to be tough out there.
Hotspur started on the front foot and linked well in pushing forward. However on 7 minutes the visitors took the lead when Marc Griffiths wide on the left near the touch line broke through in effective tackles moving along the by line evading again weak challenges and from a tight angle placed his shot into the far corner for an outstanding solo goal which should never have happened and was the result of very poor defending. A minute later he almost made it two but shot a great chance wide of the post. Hotspur gathered themselves again and after Kenleigh Owen had gone close from twenty yards Hotspur drew level on 14 minutes when Harry Galleotti produced a stunning strike which was handled denying a goal. Jamie McDaid’s spot kick was well saved by Connor Lee but McDaid reacted quickest to the rebound and found the corner of the net. Hotspur were now producing some good moves and passes around the field with good effect as they finished the half strongly although at the other end Iwan Matthews shot weakly from a good position. With seconds remaining of the half Jamie Mc Daid took advantage of slack play at the back slipping the ball past Lee to set up a good second period.
(Half Time 2 – 1)
Iwan Matthews on the left was causing problems to the home defence and on fifty minutes after good play he crossed into the middle a ball which was not dealt with and it reached Kyam Whitton who fired past Jones. The visitors were enjoying much more possession and upping the tempo took the lead on 66 minutes. Following a free kick on the right Iwan Edmunds played in Marc Griffiths who notched his second and his side’s third goal shooting under the advancing Jones.
Curt Williams was brought on after 75 minutes and made a great difference with his robust play and presence. Hotspur were now pressing to get back on terms but too many passes were going astray with some sloppy play. Two breakaways by the visitors almost brought two more goals when Matthews shot straight at Carl Jones while he did well with an important save with his feet from Tomos Evans.
Hotspur plugging away but all too predictable and dealt with easily by Llan’s defence.
Gareth M Davies