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Damian rounds Caersws keeperHolyhead Hotspur’s RECENT ACQUISITION Damian Ketley made the perfect start for his new club in their first fixture of the 2015/16 Huws Gray Alliance campaign notching his debut goal which won all three points against stubborn Mid Wales visitors Caersws.  After a fairly non-descript first half both teams cancelling each other out, Ketley’s fine opportunist goal just before the hour was enough to give Campbell Harrison’s side an excellent opening to the new season.

However, the home team and supporters had to endure a delayed kick off of an hour and fifteen minutes as the Caersws team bus suffered a breakdown in the Trawsfynydd area but the wait was eventually well worth it.  Games between the two clubs have always been tight affairs and this was no different with defences dominating with very few clear cut chances throughout and a special goal required to win the game which was the wait it turned out.

The result will put Hotspur in good heart for their visit to Flint Town United next Saturday and although as always a big test should hold no real fears for Harrison’s men.

The game opened with Jamie Roberts another Holyhead new signing rasping effort deflected for a corner.  The visitors with a stiff breeze behind them had a lot of early possession but Hotspur’s defence was well drilled in coping with any threats, the Bluebirds reduced to mainly long range efforts and on 38 Mike Kelly had the ball in the net following a free kick from Jamie Roberts but was ruled offside.  Half time 0-0.

The game continued in the same vein but Hotspur were now taking the game to their opponents with Kenleigh Owen’s free kick just too high on 48 when a corner on the left by Roberts found Phil Williams who shot over on 50.  The pressure hotted up and a good turn and shot across the goalmouth by Ketley troubled the visitors.

The goal which decided the game came on 57, a ball was played down the middle from Hotspur half and latched on to by Damian Ketley who sped for goal prompting Caersws keeper Aaron Warwick to hare out of his penalty area only for him to miss his block tackle leaving Ketley with fine composure to take the ball on and slot into the empty net despite under pressure.  On 68 the visitors felt they had a case for a penalty but the ref would not have any of it Jolyon Harries being booked for diving.

Towards the end Caersws put on three subs to try and snatch a point but Holyhead Hotspur well marshalled at the centre of defence by Captain Rhys Roberts and Alex Jones dealt with any further threats for a well earned win.

Holyhead Hotspur team – Carl Jones, Brendun Hogan, Kenleigh Owen, Alex Jones, Rhys Roberts (c) , Mike Kelly, Dewi Thomas, Phil Williams, Jamie Roberts, Ryan Jones, Damian Ketley, Subs used Mike Edwards, Mel McGinness.

Report by Gareth M Davies