HOTSPUR DEFEAT SEES THE DROP BECKON
By BARRY ROBERTS
Holyhead Hotspur v Ruthin Town Saturday 13 th April, 2019
Although nothing is set in stone as yet regarding relegation, the fact that Hotspur
occupy the bottom place in the final league table after this result to Ruthin Town
surely means that Darren Garmey’s team will compete in the lower Welsh
Alliance L:eague Division 1 next season. The FAW Championship North is the new
banner for the Huws Gray Alliance in 2019/20 and it is the Welsh governing body
that will make the decision as to who comes up and who goes down etc.
Saturday’s loss to Ruthin Town saw the north east Wales club taste success
against Hotspur for the first time this coming campaign in four outings as
Garmey’s men had won two cup ties and a league encounter. In truth Ruthin
desreve4d the win which saw all three goals scored in the first half. Prolific Ruthin
striker Llyr Morris put his side ahead as early as the third minute which was
cancelled out four minutes later by in form Hotspur predator Tomos Clarke only
for that man Morris to covert a spot kick late on in the first half. The second
period saw Ruthin test the framework twice as they threatened to kill the game
off while it was somewhat clear the Holy Islanders had their eyes on the
forthcoming HGA Cup final at Conwy next Saturday 20 th April kick off 2 .30 pm
against League champions Airbus UK Broughton. Hopefully they will be the one
firing on all cylinders to bring down the ‘wingmakers’.
A lively start saw the visitors have the ball in the net after one minute but this
goal was disallowed for a foul on young Dan Williams in goal for the injured Carl
Jones. However barely two minutes later it was 0 -1 to the visitors when good
play by Gwion Owen set up Llyr Morris in on goal at pace who showed great
composure to slot the ball home past an advancing Williams. However again the
lead did not last long as on seven minutes Hotspur drew level as Sam Ashworth
did really well to control the ball, move to the touch line on the right and cross a
fine ball into the goal mouth. In the ensuing melee it was Tomos Clarke who
forced the ball home with a great header. It was a good contest and the match
went back and forth with both teams creating chances and on 13 Gwydian Ifan
had a great chance but the ball bobbled and the shot was blazed over the bar.
Dan Mc Ginniss on 20 had a fine effort on goal but the ball whistled past the post.
On 37 the visitors went in front again when Llyr Morris who was menacing
throughout the game was brought down in the box and it was he who took the
spot kick calmly placing to Williams’s right hand side. Just after Dan Williams
made a superb save a great block to deny Gwion Owen. Half Time 1 - 2
The second half saw Hotspur coming firing out of the blocks and soon after we
saw Dean Garmey flighting a free kick just over the bar. On 63 Dan Williams was
forced into a mistake but Ruthin failed to take advantage while on 71 a down
ward header by Llyr Morris hit the post. At the other end a Clarke header was just
over while on 76 a Matt Evans shot struck the bar.
Williams made a couple of important saves and going for the point Garmey put on
two subs but to no avail as Ruthin pressed home looking for more.
Gareth M Davies