HOTSPUR NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK
By BARRY ROBERTS
Holyhead Hotspur v Porthmadog Wednesday 26th September, 2018
After a poor start to the season Darren Garmey’s men had started to put it together via an excellent three match run which included two wins and a draw in League and Cup. However an aborted trip to a waterlogged Penrhyncoch and now this albeit solitary goal defeat by old rivals Porthmadog at the New Stadium on Wednesday evening has brought Hotspur back down to earth and there is a need to pick up again at mid Wales Guilsfield this weekend if they are to climb away from the bottom rungs of the league table and progress in the League cup second round the following weekend when Ruthin Town visit us.
Both sets of defences held sway for much of a well contested encounter played at a good tempo but with real chances hard to come by, while Hotspur’s Jamie Mc Daid ploughed a lone furrow for much of the time up front, but was up against a strong resolute Port who closed the hosts down well all night and limited Hotspur’s chances on goal.
The new signing for Hotspur of Marc ‘Logs’ Evans is very welcome news as the shortcomings up front were evident on the night, and his signing as soon as possible will be welcomed by the squad.
Nip and tuck in the early stages until Port’s Dale Davis headed wide of the upright on 6 minutes. The game was being played at a frantic pace with the visitors beginning to press strongly and Hotspur breaking out whenever possible. However on 25 the ‘black and reds’ (playing in green) took the lead when a ball played in by Josh Banks saw Dale Davis bring out a splendid save to his left by Carl Jones
but the ball was not cleared and Iwan Lewis reacted the quickest to rifle the ball home into the far corner. At the other end Alex Jones
looked in on goal but Paul Pritchard (one of four former Hotspur players in the Port squad) was out quick to smother the ball with his feet. The hosts were trying hard to respond but Carl Jones
did well to come out and block a dangerous situation with his feet. Just before the break the visitors had to replace the injured Josh Banks and Jay Gibbs through injury. Half time 0 – 1.
Jamie Mc Daid was almost through for Hotspur on 48 while Cory Jones great strike just cleared the bar on 53, however Carl Jones
was in the right position to make a great stop at his near post on the hour. Hotspur plugging away but Jones again had to be alert to tip over from Sion Edwards with 10 minutes to go.
Garmey put on Mel Mc Ginness and John Littlemore late on to try and make an impact against the resolute visitors but both have had restricted game time of late and it seemed too little too late, although the hosts were giving everything to try to get level.
However frustration had set in and to add insult to injury defender Tomos Clarke
brought down a Port striker in a last man situation for a somewhat needless red card the home team could really do without.
Gareth M Davies