RHYL THRILL AS HOTSPUR CHILL
By BARRY ROBERTS
Rhyl v Holyhead Hotspur Friday 26th October, 2018
After improvement from poor early season and good progress in the Huws Gray Alliance cup and Welsh cup competitions Holyhead Hotspur’s disappointing league campaign continued to haunt them at Rhyl on Friday night when they were on the back end of a 5 -0 thrashing which could have been even worse.
It may have been against a Lillywhite’s outfit who were much superior with their fine passing game and had Darren Garmey’s side on the back foot for most of the time, but the Holy Islanders are much better than this and will have to back on track this coming weekend against fellow strugglers Holywell Town (kick off 2.30pm ) November 10th.
The hosts made their intentions known from the off coming close in their first attack while Dean Garmey
made a great tackle to prevent a goal after 10 minutes.
Rhyl continued to press as Hotspur gave them too much room and on 19 Kristian Pierce on the left, who was not closed down, let fly from twenty yards which was just tipped over by Carl Jones
. However Rhyl took the lead on 23 minutes with the goal they had threatened when good approach work saw James Murphy latch onto a ball inside the area and rill into the far corner.
Hotspur responded and Harry Galeotti on the right who had looked menacing had a good effort turned away for a corner by the boot of John Hill-Dunt.
The home side went further ahead on the half hour when after Murphy had crossed into the goal mouth from the left Ben Nash rose unchallenged to head home ever so easily!.
Hotspur kept plugging away and good work by Marc Evans saw him shoot just wide on 34, while a header by Dean Garmey
had Hill-Dunt at fell stretch.
It was still Rhyl who called the tune and it was 3 – 0 on 39 minutes when good play on the left by Aaron Hassall saw him cross into the goalmouth where Cai Owen headed past Jones making it look again all too easy with some poor defending and closing down of attackers. The hosts had the ball in the net again on 43 but this effort was ruled offside. Half Time 3 -0.
Hotspur started the second half looking much more purposeful on and 49 Galeotti headed just over as they tried to get back in the game. However Rhyl won a spot kick on 54 but Murphy somehow and somewhat bizarrely failed to connect with the ball properly which just lobbed into the hands of a relieved Carl Jones
. More chances for Rhyl who were controlling the game easily and passing quickly to players in space, on 60 Pierce shot just over the bar.
On 63 Marc Evans was free in the box but Hill-Dunt came out well to smother the effort with his feet. A further mistake at the back saw Hotspur let in Murphy but thankfully he shot over on 66 minutes. Hotspur looked to have scored on 73 but somehow inexplicably the ball was kept out by a resolute Rhyl goal line clearance. Back at the other end Jones on 75 made a great save to deny Rhyl a fourth goal after yet another defensive mix up.
Number four did arrive a minute later when after a quick break out from defence after an attacking Tomos Clark had given the ball away Barry Torrence stroke home following a cross from the right which delightfully picked him out. It was 5 -0 on 84 when Mark Worrall was put through with a telling pass beating the Hotspur defence and Carl Jones
coming out quickly was rounded and the ball slipped into the open net.
Hotspur’s best moment came on 90 minutes when a free kick by Kenleigh Owen
brought a fine full length save from Hill-Dunt.
Gareth M Davies