News from the New Stadium

llandrindod wellsWELLS SUNK BY SPURS - Holyhead Hotspur continued with their push on the higher echelons of the H.G.A. (now up to fifth) grinding out another three points at long distance opponents Llandrindod Wells, the 280 mile round trip the most they have ever embarked on in ‘league football’ during their twenty five year history!

It may not have been one of the best performances of this campaign but much too good for their lowly opponents who to be fair put in a good shift keeping the game goaless at the break.  However, Hotspur’s class told in the second period via goals from Kenleigh Owen and Jay Gibbs announcing the return to his home town club in style after also rattling the crossbar in the first half and which could have been more emphatic by the end.

Manager, Campbell Harrison, and assistant, Darren Garmey were pleased with their charges who put in another impressive collective display solid at the back, enterprising in midfield and always threatening to get on the score sheet up front, and will look forward with confidence to this weekend’s visit to basement club Rhydymwyn K.O. 2.30 the first home game in a month.

The hosts started the better and Ben Jones’ effort tested Carl Jones but Hotspur began to settle following a near four hours journey and after Kenleigh Owen was fouled Gareth Jones Evans shot also brought ‘well’ keeper Joe Prosser into action.  On eleven Julian Williams was brought down and from Owen’s resultant free kick Rhys Roberts up with the attack headed just over from a difficult angle at the far post.  On fifteen, Gareth Jones Evans was put through but Prosser was out quickly with Ryan Jones lurking.  Although Hotspur were pressing ‘Wells’ were also working hard but on twenty five, Ryan Jones released Gareth Jones Evans whose fierce drive was turned around the left hand upright by Prosser.  On thirty, a Mike Kelly cross from the right was missed by the keeper and everyone else!  After Williams and Owen had good efforts the visitors came close to opening the scoring on thirty seven minutes when Gibbs tested the goal framework with a ‘trademark’ 20 yard dipper.

The home team were enjoying some good periods of possession but Hotspur’s defence were streetwise to any difficult situations while keeper Carl Jones was alive to anything coming through with Johnny Williams’ drive past the post the hosts only further opportunity (H/T: 0/0)

Straight after the resumption Owen shot just wide for the visitors who were upping the tempo but just after the home team showed why they have had difficulty getting on this season, Rob Nicholls found himself in the clear and in on goal but lacking composure blazed a decent chance over the bar.  The hosts were to rue the miss on fifty three – a corner on the left was headed goalwards by Williams and Owen showed a quick reaction to ‘knee’ the ball home.  Jones Evans was close on fifty seven as Hotspur were now turning the crew and after a succession of corners Gibbs rifled just past on the hour.
Five minutes later the pressure eventually saw an all-important second for the visitors – Gareth Jones Evans – flag kick on the right found Prosser in trouble, Rhys Roberts kept the momentum alive back to Jay Gibbs who ‘drilled’ the ball hard and low home.

Hotspur now in control Phil Williams almost making it three, but to be fair ‘Well’ their officials were saying it was their best display in weeks and were always  competitive and on seventy five Nicholls in a great position but fluffed his lines again as did Richard Powell shooting over on eight.  However, at the other end Ryan Jones, Mike Kelly and Kenleigh Owen could have added to Hotspur’s tally – job done and a well-earned three points for Hotspur to journey home in good ‘spirits’!!

Gareth M Davies