RESURGENT HOTSPUR ON LATE SURGE FOR SAFETY!
By BARRY ROBERTS
Holyhead Hotspur v Denbigh Town Friday 22 nd March 2019
Ho doubt Darren Garmey and Holyhead Hotspur’s team can now identify with the
familiar old sayings ‘It’s not over till it’s over’ and ‘Life in the old dog yet’ after two
wins on the bounce following last week’s success against Rhyl and now Friday
nights win against visitors Denbigh Town, the first back to back wins for the Holy
islanders all season. It puts them within reach on Holywell town and Penrhyncoch
just above them with much yet to be decided with four games left and still in the
melting pot what with the FAW Championship North taking over the Huws Gray
Alliance next season. However if they keep in the present mood with confidence
higher than at any stage this season who knows what is around the corner!
Holyhead Hotspur host champions elect Airbus UK Broughton this Saturday
followed by the two fixtures with mid table Ruthin Town and the final league
match away at Holywell Town on the 27 th April all these match results could be
significant. These together with the League Final against Airbus at Conwy on
Easter Saturday 20 th April could provide and exciting end to the season for
Hotspur and their fans (when they turn up!)
The fixture with Denbigh Town always provides a high tempo end to end
encounter and this latest one was no exception. Both teams served up some great
non stop action which poured scorn on their lowly league positions and deserved
a better than sparse attendance here!
Mel Mc Ginniss back to his sharpest put Hotspur ahead on 14 minutes but
Denbigh drew level barely three minutes later via Miles Todd. However it was
John Littlemore off the bench who gave the hosts the three points with a smatly
taken goal after a brilliant cross from the right by that man Mel Mc Ginniss half
way through the second half.
Denbigh out of the blocks quickly and had a great chance to open the scoring
after just three minutes but Carl Jones made a fine block with his legs and th
rebound was also cleared away. Denbigh looking lively as they started strongly
however Hotspur also looked up for it and on 14 took the lead. Kenleigh Owen
found Chris Jones in the box and under pressure squared to Mel Mc Ginniss who
slotted home. Denbigh responded strongly and Carl Jones who had a fine game
between the sticks for Hotspur saved superbly from Kristian Pierce. Then came
three successive corners for the visitors and from the later on the right Miles
Todd in space rose highest to head home the equalizer. Both teams going for it
and Hotspur almost in with Chris Jones just failing to get a touch from a great
cross on the right from Dan Mc Ginniss. Half Time 1 -1.
The second period continued with both teams going hammer and tongs with no
let up and Carl Jones made a fine stop from Scott Mc Harrie while at the other
end Mel Mc Ginniss made Denbigh keeper Craig Vernon work hard to save his
effort on goal. However on 68 came the match winner when a ball down the right
found Mel Mc Ginniss just inside the box and he floated the ball across for the
onrushing John Littlemore to sweep home a most delightful winning goal with
almost his first touch on the match past Vernon in the Denbigh goal.
Both defences resolute with no slowing down of the pace. Denbigh striving for the
equalizer but Darren Garmey’s men held out for a great win and would not be
denied the three points.
To add to Denbigh’s woes Miles Todd send off for s second yellow just before the
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