HOTSPUR UP AND RUNNING
By BARRY ROBERTS
Holyhead Hotspur v Prestatyn Town Saturday 8th September, 2018
Darren Garmey won his first game as Hotspur manager after a well earned 2 – 1 success over visitors Prestatyn Town and at the same time following six matches his team are now off the bottom of the Huws gray Alliance league.
The Holy Islanders were again without several influential players so will take much more added confidence from this win in their attempt to climb the table in the coming weeks.
A gift goal got Hotspur off to the perfect start inside the first minute when Harry Galeotti took full advantage of a mistake by visiting keeper Scott Williams and this was added to by a clinical finish from Jamie Mc Daid ten minutes later. Prestatyn then responded and would eventually rue several missed opportunities which would have got them back into the game. They pulled one back via Ian Griffiths before the break while the next goal in the second half by either side would have been important. It did not come but Hotspur had better chances to increase their lead while restricting the visitors with some very good defending to earn a very welcome three points in a good contest.
Holyhead Hotspur will travel to Flint this coming weekend in the first rounds of the Huws Gray Alliance League cup and manager Darren Garmey will be much more hopeful than in previous weeks of turning out a full strength side.
The game had barely started when Prestatyn keeper Scott Williams failed to come and clear a loose ball. Quick as a flash young Harry Galeotti showed fine awareness to nip in and shoot past the startled Williams.
The game quickly got into a good tempo with both sides attacking in turn and on eleven minutes had a two goal advantage when good play on the right saw the ball come into the goal mouth reaching Jamie Mc Daid who beat off his defenders and shot home in clinical fashion. It looked good for the hoists at this stage but on 14 minutes Ian Griffiths for the visitors in a good position shot wide of the target and two minutes later in an even better chance when in on goal his shot missed the upright. On 29 minutes Alex Jones headed a gilt edged opportunity over the bar from point blank range, but on 32 did get a goal on the score board when Arfon White’s effort from 15 yards came back off the post and Ian Griffiths being the quickest to the ball slotted home.
At the other end Harry Galeotti’s rasping shot just before half time was clearly handled by a diving defender but referee Parry turned down the appeal. Half Time 2 – 1
At the start of the second period Dave Haynes for the visitors had a chance with his head but the ball landed on the top of the net. On 56 a fine turn and another rasping shot from Galeotti rattled the visitors cross bar and went over with keeper Williams beaten. Four minutes later a long ball out of defence found the lively Mc Daid in the clear and his well placed lob bounced over the cross bar. On 66 a free kick from Kenleigh Owen
on the right saw Williams save at his near post while the visitors although putting a lot of effort in trying to get on terms were finding the home side’s defence resolute welcoming the return of last season’s player of the season Dan Mc Ginness back in the side after suspension. Dan gives the side the option of great overlapping runs on the right and fine crosses.
More efforts by both sides but score unchanged with Hotspur shading the half and deserving their three points.