News from the New Stadium

new stadium holyhead hotspurSERIOUS INJURY TAKES GLOSS OFF WIN! - An 89 minute very serious leg injury to Martin McClymont which was later diagnosed as a double fracture took the gloss off Holyhead Hotspur’s single goal victory at the New Stadium.  Looking to seal three points against a dogged mid-Wales outfit Rhayader Town Hotspur saw a free kick fumbled by visiting keeper Luke Evans and when McClymont went for the rebound the big custodian fell inadvertently awkwardly on the Holyhead player as they tangled who took the total impact. 

Ironically, McClymont had come off the bench in the first half to replace Dan McGinness who damaged knee ligaments and was himself later on crutches!

Holyhead had taken a very early lead, Julian Williams sharp as a knife taking advantage of slack play at the back by the visitors and could have been added to although Rhayader also had their moments, but the home team stood firm again showing how resolute they have become of late.

The result is a big boost towards Campbel l Harrison’s team as they prepare for next Saturday’s trip to Llandudno hoping to repeat their early season success against the leaders.

Despite the strong gusty conditions on an ice cold afternoon, both teams deserve praise for a decent spectacle and the game was barely into the second minute when a misplaced back pass to the keeper saw Julian Williams in like a flash to nip in between and slip the ball home past Evans who had come yards off his line.  Not long after, Myles Jones shot was eventually saved by the keeper.

The cross field wind was having a big effect but on 18 the visitors missed a good chance when Gethin Jones put Sean Powell in who shot hurriedly past when he should have at least hit the target.  On 34 Gareth Jones Evans found Williams with a neat back inside the box and the young predator struck the bar with a fine effort.

Jones was close for the visitors on 38 while Carl Jones in goal was confidence personified as he dealt with any balls into the goalmouth. (H/T 1-0).

First chance of second half came to Williams on 53 with a good turn and shot just wide followed by Kenleigh Owen’s good run and shot not far away on 56.  The visitors threatened at times with Hotspur having to defend well restricting their opponents with some determined play at the back which on 70 C/D Alex Jones up with the attack met a corner on the left with a header which skimmed the top of the net.  Rhydian Davies found Gethin Jones in a promising situation but again it was dealt with.  The game was still in the balance with just one goal in it, but on 82 Rhayader who had taken a number of yellow cards saw one of their centre half Gavin Samuel receive another one to leave his side with 10 men for the last few minutes.  Hotspur went for the kill although still having to be alert at the back.  Then with time running out came Kenleigh Owen’s free kick which brought about the sickening conclusion.

An excellent three points as Hotspur climb the table up to sixth place but the over-riding memory will, of course, be the sad injury.  All at Holyhead Hotspur wish Martin McClymont well on his road to recovery.

Gareth M Davies