HOTSPUR SUNK BY WELLMEN
By BARRY ROBERTS
Holyhead Hotspur v Holywell Town Saturday 3rd November, 2018
In an important fixture for both sides in the lower reaches on the Huws Gray
Alliance league the game was only passed fit following a 1.30pm inspection by
referee Dan Fogerty, while albeit in hindsight of a Hotspur defeat such were the
atrocious conditions of high winds and heavy rain there is a good case for saying
the match should not have gone ahead at all!
However the visitors used the elements far better when in their favour in the
second half notching the match winning goals via Steve Lewis and Shaun Tuck to
take all three points for Holywell Town to move further out of trouble while
Darren Garmey’s outfit remain rooted at the foot of the table.
Players on both sides deserve credit for trying to play a game of so called football
in such difficult and sometimes impossible conditions which was a lottery from
start to finish.
Hotspur’s ‘only’ moment in the game came just before the break when a fine Mel
Mc Ginniss shot was brilliantly tipped on to and over the bar by Mike Platt but the
home side never took advantage on the first half wind at their backs, in contrast
to a Halkyn Road side who played the ball better within the conditions and were
rewarded with town goals.
This coming Saturday Hotspur host Ruthin Town in the second round of the fAW
Welsh Cup kick off 2.30pm and will hope to repeat their Huws Gray Cup success
against their north east Wales opponents.
Hotspur started well putting pressure on the visiting defence via a Dean Garmey
in swinging corner from the left with the wind and a March Evans free kick which
just drifted past the far post. Both sides were struggling with the elements with
the Wellmen almost getting through on counter attacks, then just before the
break came Mel Mc Ginniss’s cracking effort from 20 yards which brought a great
save by Mike Platt Half Time 0 – 0. Carl Jones
made a great stop on 55 as Hotspur toiled to put a move together
against the dreadful elements but on 63 at last came something to write about
but unfortunately it came to Holywell Town when a fine cross from the right by
Josh Sheridan was Steve Lewis rise highest and head past Jones to break the
On 70 the goal scorer struck the goal framework via a free kick from the left and
although Hotspur tried their best to get back in the match the Wellmen looked in
command with two further efforts coming close with Jones saving well.
It was game over in the 90th minute when Josh Maldin played in Shaun Tuck
through and as Jones came out the ball was driven home to make it 2 – 0 and
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