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Ruthin Town
Holyhead Hotspur
Full time
T Clarke (4', 48', 78'), M McGuiness (53')
Sat 6 Apr 14:30 - Huws Gray Alliance League - Huws Gray Alliance Attendance 162



Ruthin Town v Holyhead Hotspur Saturday 6 th April, 2019

If Holyhead Hotspur do eventually get relegated (and there are still enough
permutations to sort out before that is cut and dried) they will have certainly
gone down fighting of late as this excellent three points at Ruthin Town was their
third win in four outings, not bad for a supposedly down and out side. Although
the league table never lies it has to be said that on this form they are better than
their league position indicates the drawback being it’s so late in the day!
The Ruthin Town success brought out a real unlikely hat trick hero in defender
come mid fielder notching a fine hat trick with proven predator Mel Mc Ginniss
adding the other.
Clarke put the Holy islanders in front after just four minutes via a free kick and
although the north east Wales hosts hit back in the first half with two set piece
free kicks from Ifan Hughes and Ryan Jones, Tomos Clarke with a fine curling
effort put Hotspur level soon after the break. Mel Mc Ginniss put his side ahead
barely five minutes later in a goalmouth scramble and with twelve minutes left
the visitors who were the better outfit in the second half sealed the win with a
composed Clarke finish which chalked up his hat trick.
This was Darren Garmey’s side third success over the Memorial Fields team this
season with wins against them in the League Cup and the Welsh Cup and can it
possibly be four this coming week end when we entertain Ruthin Town in the final
Huws Gray league home match of the season, with an away fixture at Holywell
Town on the 27 th and a week before on the 20 th at Conwy the final of the Huws
Gray League Cup against league champions Airbus UK Broughton.
After Tomos Clarke had given Hotsput the lead after 4 minutes via a free kick it
was the hosts who looked lively switching play frequently and on eight minutes
were awarded a free kick just outside the box from which Ifan Hughes fired a
superb effort into the far right hand corner beyond Carl Jones in the Hotspur goal.
Just after Jones made a great save with a similar effort from the hosts.

The match was now end to end and Mel Mc Ginniss in on goal but Ryan Goldstone
made a fine stop with his feet which Tomos Clarke heading the rebound just wide
on 21. However three minutes later the hosts went ahead when a free kick by
Ryan Jones from 20 yards beat Carl Jones although he did get a hand to it but the
shot was too strong for him to save. Hotspur though were always a threat on the
break Half Time 2 – 1.
Holyhead Hotspur on the front foot straight away and Mel Mc Ginniss a menace
to the home defence nearly scored, but on 48 Hotspur drew level with Tomos
Clarke’s left footed curler flying past the home keeper. Barely five minutes later
the resurgent Hotspur side went ahead when from a corner on the left by Dean
Garmey was scrambled home in a goal mouth melee.
End to end and Ruthin trying to get back in the game but Hotspur in no mood to
relent and on 78 it was game set and match when a fine long searching ball by
Dan Mc Ginniss found Clarke on the left who chested the ball down and showing
fine composure slotted the ball home past the home keeper.

Key moments

Goal Tomos Clarke scores for Holyhead Hotspur
Goal Tomos Clarke scores for Holyhead Hotspur
Goal Melvin McGuiness scores for Holyhead Hotspur
Goal Tomos Clarke scores for Holyhead Hotspur


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78:00 Goal 0 - 4
Tomos Clarke scores for Holyhead Hotspur
53:00 Goal 0 - 3
Melvin McGuiness scores for Holyhead Hotspur
48:00 Goal 0 - 2
Tomos Clarke scores for Holyhead Hotspur
End of period 1
4:00 Goal 0 - 1
Tomos Clarke scores for Holyhead Hotspur
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ruthin Town
  • Holyhead Hotspur
  • 0
  • Tomos Clarke Goal 4:00'
  • Tomos Clarke Goal 48:00'
  • Melvin McGuiness Goal 53:00'
  • Tomos Clarke Goal 78:00'

Team selection

Jones, Carl Jones, Carl
McGuiness, Daniel McGuiness, Daniel
Brown, Rees Brown, Rees
McGivern, Luke McGivern, Luke
Jones, Alex Jones, Alex
Dunne, Kris Dunne, Kris
Ashworth, Sam Ashworth, Sam
Clarke, Tomos Clarke, Tomos
McGuiness, Melvin McGuiness, Melvin
Jones, Chris Jones, Chris
Garmey, Dean Garmey, Dean

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. Gresford Athletic 30 39
11. Conwy Borough 30 36
12. Llanrhaeadr YM 30 32
13. Penrhyncoch 30 30
14. Holywell Town 30 30
15. Denbigh Town 30 29
16. Holyhead Hotspur 30 19

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