News from the New Stadium

HHFCNoswaith Dda a Croeso cynnes good evening and a warm welcome to all Hotspur enthusiasts plus the players, officials and supporters of clwb peldroed Porthmadog who visit our New Stadium ground for this Huws Gray Alliance league fixture.  Games against Port are often high tempo affairs not far behind Caernarfon Town in the rivalry stakes and even more so with ex ‘Y Traeth’ stalwarts Rhys Roberts and Phil Williams in our ranks.

In our first encounter last season we were on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline.  It was stalemate at the break but Ceri James, an own goal and Stuart Rodgers made it a convincing win for the red and blacks.  That was in November but Campbell’s men got revenge via the return in February with a 3-2 success in a good contest, Mike Kelly, Mel McGinness and Ryan Jones on target for Hotspur and Stuart Rodgers plus Josh Davies for Port in an attendance just short of 200.

Porthmadog got off to the new season the wrong foot so to speak surprisingly losing by the only goal to Rhayader Town at Y Traeth, but made up for this the following weekend with an impressive 0-2 success at Caersws who are always difficult opponents as we know despite our one goal win against the Bluebirds on the opening day.

Our second home game of the season at the weekend against Gresford Athletic saw a 3-3 scoreline in a game which the strong wind (nothing new!) was to play an important part in the outcome with both teams probably agreeing they would settle for a point each seeing as the match turned out.

‘A game of two halves’ was never more evident as Gresford took a deserved two goal interval lead, however the boot was on the other foot so to speak in the second period with Hotspur now using their own advantage via the blustery conditions to draw level with two goals of their own from Rhys Roberts with a fine header while Mike Kelly reacted well in the goalmouth to nod us level.  However, the real drama came at the end – Gresford forged ahead again in the 88th minute no doubt thinking we should go home with three points but the final sting in the tail came when from a corner by Jamie Roberts there was Dewi Thomas who was quickest to react and fire home in the first minute of added time.

Last Thursday evening saw our Reserves have their baptism in the new North Wales Reserve League here against Llanrug United who eventually won the odd goal in three in a very competitive encounter.  The visitors went ahead via a fine goal in the first half but Dewi Thomas (Holyhead version) saw his spot kick brilliantly saved as was the follow up by their keeper.  With the elements (strong wind) in the second stanza Hotspur had more of the play and it was Tom Scott (with much acclaim) who got us back level, however our opponents had the final say with a goal near the end.  It is early days and am sure Andy and John bring about an improvement in results as they sort their squad out to what they want it to be.

Disappointing news comes with the fact that the two McGinness brothers Mel and Dan have decided that their immediate future lies elsewhere with Mel trying his luck with Gaerwen and Dan going up the road to Trearddur Bay.  They will of course be missed as they are both talented players in their different roles, however the grass is not always greener on the other side as the saying goes and am prepared to put money on it that they will not be away from Holyhead Hotspur Football Club for too long!  These things happen in football as we all know but let’s welcome another recruit to our ranks in Kieron Hilditch a defender who made his first team debut at Flint last week.  With regular central defender Alex Jones unavailable due to his arm injury (hurry back soon Alex) and Phil Williams also out, Kieran played alongside Rhys Roberts at the heart of the defence and did not let anyone down, while his long throws could be very useful this season.

In our series of five success home games we continue this weekend (5th September) against Buckley Town 2.30 pm kick off, followed by an attractive Word Cup fixture here next Tuesday evening (8th September) 7.30 pm kick off against Welsh Premier newcomers Llandudno Town who have made a good start to their first season in Welsh footballs flagship competition.

Holyhead football’s living legend Tommy Welsh still North Wales football’s record goal scorer has recently undergone a serious operation and it was good to see him out and about last week for a chant, and all of us at Holyhead Hotspur wish him well as he recovers to health and strength.  We sent him a card to remind him we are always thinking that we need him up front!  He will always be a hero of mine and many others in Holyhead.  That’s it until Saturday and Buckley, onwards and upwards.

Gareth M Davies