Holyhead Hotspur v Flint Town United Saturday 5th January 2019
The fact that Holyhead Hotspur won the second half 1 -0 was of little significance against visitors Flint Town United as the ‘silkmen’ rattled in four of their own in the final 15 minutes of the first half effectively winning the game.
Mel Mc Ginniss pounced in the first few moments of the second half which gave some slight hope of a famous come back, but although the hosts showed a much more spirited play in the second 45 minutes it proved to be a ‘false dawn’ with Hotspur’s main hope Mel Mc Ginniss having to come off with a possible hamstring injury with 20 minutes to go.
It has become a familiar story to often this campaign with Hotspur holding their own against many of the better sides in the division however lacking that clinical finishing and with poor defending, sloppy play and giving the ball away far too often it has cost Darren Garmey’s side far too many points as they continue to prop uf the table.
Goals in the 29, 31, 36 and 44 the minutes via Kyle Smith, Luke Blondell, Ritchie Foulkes (penalty) and Andy Brown proved the difference between the teams.
Hotspur went three at the back after the break and became far more in the faces of Flint but it was far too late after the first half knock backs which need to be addressed as soon as possible or relegation looms.
The first half saw Flint take the game to the hosts but Hotspur were still in it with all to play for until in the 29th minute a well struck effort from Kyle Smith seemed to catch Carl Jones in the home goal unsighted and a possible deflection did not help, and two minutes later it was 0 -2 when a right wing raid saw Luke Blondell’s shot did take a wicked deflection giving Jones no chance of stopping the shot.
Five minutes later it got even worse as Flint were awarded a spot kick which appeared harsh for a foul and Ritchie Foulkes made no mistake with a ball placed in the bottom right hand corner. Lady luck again favoured the ‘silkmen’ a minute before half time when keeper Carl Jones made a fine save but lack of defensive cover saw the ball come to Andy Brown who took full advantage of the rebound and slam home number four.
Half Time 0 -4
Hotspur came out early for the second half with much more purpose and in the first minute Mel Mc Ginniss looking sharp took advantage of a defensive slip and taking the ball forward finished clinically past the advancing Flint keeper Arron Jones. Hotspur looking far more competitive with Kenleigh Owen twice having good efforts on goal defended but with Mc Ginniss having to come off it looked more and more a hopeless cause despite John Littlemore having come on as a substitute doing his best to get Hotspur back in the match. Carl Jones at the other end making a couple of important saves to prevent further damage.
Manager Darren Garmey will take stock and hope for better things next weekend when Hotsp[ur take the long trip to Llanrhaedr y Mochnant while the following Friday night with a 7.30 pm kick off Bangor City come calling.
Gareth M Davies