EVANS LATE STRIKE EARNS HOTSPUR A POINT
By BARRY ROBERTS
Holyhead Hotspur v Buckley Town Saturday 13th October, 2018
Mark ‘logs’ Evans had only been back in the UK a matter of days after his stint in New Zealand but it was his 88th minute strike which gave his former colleagues a well deserved share of the spoils against highly rated Buckley Town and in the process lifted the team off the bottom of the league changing places with Prestatyn Town albeit on goal difference.
Evans on as a sub with 20 minutes to go also very nearly won the game for his new team mates in added rime but the celebrations were sut short for offside, but no doubt more to come from the highly rated striker.
The Globe Way side had gone into a two goal lead with the element in their favour during the first half with headed goals with right wing corners from Jake Roberts converted in identical fashion by Phil Molyneux and Josh Jones only for John Littlemore
to reduce the arrears before the break.
Luke Mc Givern put Hotspur back in business minutes after the resumption but Buckley restorted their lead with twenty minutes to go through Adam Eden. As the wet and blustery conditions worsened before the end up popped ‘prodigal son’ Evans to draw Hotspur level.
The eventful horrendous weather had played a big part in the difficult conditions but both teams deserve great credit in producing a fine contest in front of the hardy souls who had bravely ventured out, while Holyhead Hotspur ground staff should be congratulated on playing the game.
The very welcome point could be priceless come the end of the season but this weekend it is back to Cup business when we play host to Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) high flyers Corwen in the FAW Welsh Cup kick off 2.30pm.
The gutsy wind and rain made it difficult from the start and with the wind in their favour the ‘Bucks’ took the lead after only three minutes when a right wing corner from Jake Roberts saw Phil Molyneux race through the pack in the goal mouth and head firmly past Dan Williams (in for the unavoidable Carl Jones) giving the young custodian no chance. Hotspur finding it difficult against the elements but producing a fine move which almost paid dividends but Cory Jones blazed over after 18 minutes. On 26 Buckley went two ahead in a very similar fashion when again a corner from the right by Edwards this time saw Josh Jones first to the ball and headed home with force. It could have been worse a minute later but young Dan Williams showed great awareness to come out to foil Edwards in a one to one situation. On 28 Luke Mc Givern on the left for Hotspur did well anmd his screamer just went inches over the bar. Hotspur pulled a goal back on 31 when Harry Galeotti on the right with some fine dribbling play crossed the ball along the ground across the 6 yard box and John Littlemore
slid the ball into the net past ‘Bucks’ keeper Joe Makaruk to make it 1 -2 at half time.
Hotspur were level within 4 minutes of the restart the conditions saw Makaruk misjudge the wind and the ball fell nicely to Mel Mc Ginness who crossed low to Luke Mc Givern who had the simple task of running the ball home to make it 2 -2. All to play for now and young Dan Williams in action several times while at the other end John Litlemore ‘s low cross from the right evaded everyone and a touch was only needed to get Hotspur ahead. The visitors regained the lead after 70 minutes when Adam Eden was given too much room and not closed down on the ‘Bucks’ left and he fired a great shot beating Williams’s and going into goal at the far post. Just after Dan Mc Ginness had a great strike inches over and now both sides going for the 3 points. On 88 came the equalizer when Mel Mc Ginness played in Marc Evans who slipped the ball home but disappointment for Evans two minutes later when he again had the ball in the ‘Bucks’ net but only to be ruled off side. What a few minutes that would have been for Hotspur’s new addition to the strike force.
Gareth M Davies