CHRIS NOTCHES LAST GASP WINNER

CHRIS NOTCHES LAST GASP WINNER

By BARRY ROBERTS
26th August
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Holyhead Hotspur v Denbigh Town Saturday 24 th August, 2019


A goal in added time by Chris Jones saw Holyhead Hotspur continue their
impressive one hundred percent start to the Welsh Alliance season with four wins
out of four and top the pack in their bid to return to the second tier of Welsh
pyramid at the first time of asking. And this latest victory against Denbigh Town
who themselves will be one of the chief rivals for the title.
After an even first half with Carl Jones in the Hotspur goal making a couple of
important stops it was Sam Ashworth (grandson of former football league
stalwart Barry) who broke the deadlock just before the hour with a smart piece of
individual skill after Chris Jones had split the visitors defence with a fine through
ball. However the enterprising visitors responded drawing level through Mark
Roberts and with the game delightfully poised at 1 – 1 it could have gone either
way Carl Jones in fine fettle again to deny the Central Park outfit while Chris Jones
shot over a good opportunity from Kenleigh Owen’s pass.
A draw looked on the cards and this time poacher turned provider Ashworth
doing the spade work crossing and repaying the compliment to Chris Jones in the
goal mouth to ram home the winner for a vital 3 points come the end of the
season.
The first half had seen the teams cancel each other out in what turned out to be
an excellent encounter played at a good tempo throughout. Mark Roberts
brought two good saves from Carl Jones but the first half stanza ended with Sam
Ashworth screwing a fine chance wide only o really make amends later with a big
impact scoring one and making the other.
On 54 minutes Chris Jones played a fine ball through the middle to Sam Ashworth
who with much to do near the bye line showed skill and determination just right
of the post, he then cut inside the defender and tucked the ball between the
keeper Antony Sarnowski and the upright – a deft finish indeed.

The visitors responded well and always looked capable of a reply which came on
64 minutes. A free kick out wide on the left by Stuart Vernon was headed first
time into the corner of the net by Mark Roberts. Chris Jones missed a good
chance at the other end the came to crucial saves by Carl Jones to deny Will
Holmes and Roberts again which could well have taken the points back to
Denbigh.
Added time arrived and the Jones/Ashworth duo struck again to win 3 valuable
points for Darren Garmey’s men/
Onwards and upwards then with Llandudno Albion the next port of call this
coming Wednesday for the Hotspur army.

Speaking to Manager Darren Garmey after the game he had this to say "We are over the moon with the 3 points. For all the possession we had throughout the game we didn’t create too many clear chances. And we have got Carl to thank for a huge one on one save late on at 1-1. But credit to the boys they kept on going and our fitness was clear to see in the closing stages and we nicked it in the end”

Report by Gareth M Davies

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