HOTSPUR STUN RHYL TO WIN FIVE GOAL CRACKER!
By BARRY ROBERTS
Holyhead Hotspur v Rhyl Friday 8 th March 2019
Basement club Holyhead Hotspur turned the form book upside down against high
in the league table Rhyl on Friday night with a great performance against the
‘Lillywhites’ with not a hint of a repeat five goal thrashing the Belle Vue outfior
had handed out to Darren Garmey’s men earlier in the campaign and make no
mistake about it Hotspur were worthy winners of a cracking end to end
The match played in very heavy conditions following several days of rain was only
passed fit a couple of hours before kick off and the resurgent Hotspur took full
advantage with the hosts belying their league position. A few more results like
this in the final five league games and who knows what might happen with the
final outcome of who goes up and wh goes down ( what with the new FAW
structure FAW Championship North coming in operation next season) still in the
Whatever happens Garmey’s men will have gained much needed confidence with
a relegation battle coming up this week end at Halkyn Road against Holywell
Town kick off 2.30pm.
The whole Hotspur team deserve credit with Mel Mc Ginniss ‘buzzing like wasp’
causing problems for the Rhyl backline all evening and his opening goal after 20
minutes was of the highest order, while the defence was at its most resolute
mood as the visitors threatened to get back in the game in the second half. Chris
Jones made it two up early in the second half until Ben Nash reduced the arrears
not long after. It was a battle royal for the next important goal and it was off the
bench John Littlemore who notched the vital third. Rhyl sub Kai Wallis pulled
another back for Rhyl with minutes remaining only to be shown a red card
seconds later for dangerous play and Hotspur held out for a famous win.
The heavy pitch cut up from the start but the match began to get a good tempo to
it with the hosts looking lively pushing the visitors back with high pressing and on
16 a Dean Garmey effort had to be tipped over by Rhyl keeper Rory Crowther. The
visitors were beginning to get back in the game and on 20 after a ‘Lillywhites’
attack broke down the ball was cleared to Mel Mc Ginniss just inside Rhyl’s half
and he showed searing pace to head for goal leaving defenders in his wake and
ending with a superb low finish into the bottom right hand corner of the net. A
sublime goal to grace any standard. Just after Carl Jones the Hotspur keeper took
a booking for foiling a dangerous situation and was alert with smart interventions
and James Murphy made him save well on 30. Rhyl now pressing hard but
Hotspur holding firm and a close call when Alex Jones made a great tackle to deny
Sam Molyneux. Half Time 1 – 0
On 47 Dean Garmey’s great ball to Mel Mc Ginniss on the left was well controlled
and Mc Ginniss beat defenders and passed to the oncoming Chris Jones who rifled
home. Rhyl pressing and on 54 back in the match when Mike Pritchard set up Ben
Nash who shot easily home. Carl Jones did well to make a good save with his feet
while at the other end Kenleigh Owen made a great run on the left passing to Mc
Ginniss whose header was goal bound by Crowther just collected the ball in time.
End to end the match flowed and Molyneux shot just wide on 67 while Kai Wallis
clipped the bar shortly after. On 82 an Owen free kick was to hot for Crowther to
handle and John Littlemore was alert to steer the ball home inside the near post
for the vital third goal.
Still time for Rhyl to come back in the match and on 88 a Murphy cross was poked
home by Kai Wallis. Rhyl pressing hard to get another goal but finding the Hotspur
defence hard to break down.
The only disappointing aspect of a great night was that only 92 spectators with a
air sprinkling from Rhyl.
The absent Hotspur supporters missed a treat!
Gareth M Davies