‘BANGOR STRONG FINISH SINKS BATTLING HOTSPUR’
By BARRY ROBERTS
Holyhead Hotspur v Bangor City Friday 18 th January 2019
Despite the emphatic looking score line in favour of the visitors Bangor City it
hardly does justice to a battling Holyhead Hotspur side who with 15 minutes
remaining of an absorbing high tempo contest were well in contention in getting
something out of the game. Although the ‘Citizens’ backed by a strong away
support led by the odd goal in three Alex Darlington on 12 and Sam Jones on 52
minutes for Bangor and Luke Mc Givern on 54 forHotspur the hosts were
enjoying a period on heavy pressure on the Bangor goal but as has too often
been the case this season they couldn’t find the finish to match it, together with
fine work between the sticks of Bangor keeper Nathan Woodland and several
slices of good luck!! The visitors recovered to finish the stronger team stretching
Hotspur and adding two more to their tally via Marc Williams on 77 and 86
The fact that Bangor are among the front runners in the Huws Gray Alliance
league with Hotspur holding all the others up in the table hardly held up for much
of the game but in the cold light of day it tells you that without a cutting edge it
often comes back to haunt you as it did on Friday night and that really is the
difference between the two sides!!
Darren Garmey’s team still have the opportunity of pulling away from the
basement position but in needs to happen as soon as possible in the bid to avoid
relegation starting next Saturday at Prestatyn Town 26 th January and home to
fellow strugglers Penrhyncoch the following Saturday 2 nd February.
Bangor off the blocks the quickest but Hotspur’s first chance via Mel Mc Ginniss
weas saved at the second attempt by keeper Nathan Woodland. Bangor were
looking threatening with their pace and movement and on 12 minutes went
ahead. A corner from the right reached the far post and was headed back into the
goalmouth by Gary Taylor Fletcher and was nodded in easily by an undefended
Hotspur responded and after a good run Mel Mc Ginniss shot just over on 23. For
Bangor Marc Williams blasted over on the half hour and Jake Phillips was inches
past the upright with a great shot on 37. Hotspur’s John Littlemore outpaced the
Bangor defence but was off target as a defender recovered to spoil his chance.
The game was becoming a good contest between the local rivals.
Gary Taylor Fletcher was very influential for the visitors and his English League
and Premiership experience showed and his shot was just wide on 41, but just
before the break Mel Mc Ginniss beat the defenders passed to John Littlemore in
space and with only the keeper to beat he shot straight at him.
Half Time 0 -1
On 49 it looked odds on that Hotspur would draws level but Woodland twice
denied goal bound efforts from Littlemore and Sam Ashworth at this stage in the
match Hotspur giving as good as they got. However on 52 strong wing play by
Sam Jones saw his cross come shot from the left deceive Carl Jones in the Hotspur
goal and this shot found its way into the far corner. However the hosts were soon
down the other end and Mel Mc Ginniss with some good play passed to Luke Mc
Givern whose superbly flighted shot from just inside the box found the far corner
to beat Woodland.
Game on now and Bangor’s goal led a charmed life with Hotspur piling on the
pressure and Mc Ginniss beating several defenders and fending off tackles but his
shot was well saved.
The next goal would be all important and it Bangor who scored twice before the
final whistle, the first an improvised over head kick by Marc Williams and the ex
Wrexham striker scored again on 86 sfter some poor defending to give Bangor a
win but the score line flattered them.