‘PEN’S STING IN TH TAIL CANCELS OUT HOTSPUR EARLY STRIKE’
By BARRY ROBERTS
Holyhead Hotspur v Penrhyncoch Saturday 2 nd February 2019
The omens looked good when Darren Garmey’s men took an early lead after a
strong starty against fellow strugglers Penrhyncoch and could have added to
Tomos Clarke’s third minute strike however the resolute mid Wales visitors were
not about to lie down and equalized when Carl Lamb alone in the hosts box and
with no defender picking him up took a pass from the right and fired his side level
just before half time. The second half saw the game played at a high tempo with
the two clubs hammer and tongs trying to get the vital three points. Chances
came at both ends but it ewas the visitors late substitute Steffan Davies who
proved the sting in the tail putting the visitors into the lead in the 89 th minute and
then releasing Carl Lamb to complete his brace two minutes into added time. The
result was again harsh on Hotspur as it has so often been during this very trying
season but again poor defending and no cutting edge up front was our downfall.
Things may look bleak in the league but there could still be a ‘silver lining’ in Cup
glory when strugglers Bangor City come calling this Friday night (Feb 8 th ) kick off
7.30pm in the semi final of the league Cup.
Holyhead Hotspur on the front foot from the start pressing high an on 3 minutes
Mel Mc Ginniss threaded a great ball through to John Littlemore whose goal
bound shot was superbly saved by Lee Jenkins who turned the ball over for a
corner. From the flag kick on the left by Dean Garmey Pen failed to deal with the
shot and with their defence all at sea the ball fell to captain Tomos Carke who
rifled the ball high into the Pen net. Hotspur continued to look threatening
looking for more and from another corner on the right by Kenleigh Owen a fine
effort by Caio Hywel hit the angle of bar and post and the ball went over for a goal
kick. However the mid Walians were looking dangerous on the break and Carl
Lamb broke clear but was guilty of a poor miss as was Blake on the left from Pen.
At the other end of a very lively encounter Mel Mc Ginniss produced a good turn
and shot on 15. For Pen Jake Rimmer on the left following a good run fired across
goal but no Pen attacker to take advantage of the cross. On 28 Mel Mc Ginniss
just wide with a fine header just off target.
On 37 the visitors drew level with some poor home defending when a long cross
from the right found an unmarked Carl Lamb in the box who had more than
enough time to steady himself and shot past a helpless Carl Jones into the corner
of the net. Then the important fixture boiled over with Hotspur’s Tomos Clarek
and Pen’s Carl Lamb being yellow carded although a number of players were
involved in the fracas.
Just before the break John Littlemore had a great chance when switching the ball
to his left foot and beating his marker he shot at the keeper who made an
important save with his legs. Half Time 1 -1
On 51 Mel Mc Ginniss picked up a poor clearance and beat the keeper but his
effort was cleared off the line. The match was nip and tuck and Carl Jones made a
fine save at his near post from Stan James who had sneaked in from a wide
position from Blake’s flag kick. The game was now hotly contested with both sides
taking turns to threaten with Luke Mc Givern had an effort on goal but shot
straight at Jenkins. It was a hectic finish with both sides coming close but on the
89 th minute Pen went ahead when a long cross from the right found sub Steffan
Davies whose long looping header beat everyone and went in the far top corner.
To add insult to injury and well into added time he again found Carl Lamb whose
scuffed shot wrong footed Carl Jones to add a third for the visitors.
For all their hard work it was tough on Hotspur.