News from the New Stadium

holyhead hotspur vd holywell townA disputed penalty ten minutes into the second half converted by Tom McElmeel gave visitors Holywell Town all three points against a below par Holyhead Hotspur at the New Stadium.  One goal apiece at the time Alex Jones having rounded off a fine Hotspur move in the 36th minute after Steve Lewis had given the Wellmen the lead on 15 minutes.  The decisive spot kick given for hand ball against Kenleigh Owen who was adjudged to have handled on the ground after Holywell’s Phil Lloyd chased a ball into the box confronted by Owen and Captain Rhys Roberts. 

However, it looked debatable to say the least with Hotspur Manager Campbell Harrison fully justified in his claims afterwards that Hotspur were robbed in the definitive moment of the match.  Having said that the hosts never got over their poor start as the visitors didn’t let the home team settle and it was half an hour before they threatened and while they did come close to drawing level for a second time last season’s Welsh Alliance Champions have a certain resilience which won them maximum points.

Hotspur have another difficult task next weekend when visiting Guilsfield who have always been tough opponents which is the last game before meeting Bangor City in the Welsh Cup on Saturday 5th December 5.15 pm kick off (live on S4C).

download the match programmeIt was obvious from the start Holywell had not come to defend and they took the game to the home side in a high tempo opening and after only 5 minutes Carl Jones had to tip over from Josh Roberts while big Steve Lewis shot over on nine from a good position.  After Jamie Roberts had a shot saved by Paul Tuner the Wellmen took the lead on 15, keeper Carl Jones and his defence were caught out of position as Phil Lloyd from the right crossed into the far stick leaving Steve Lewis unmarked to fire home3 unopposed.  Holywell were looking sharp with Harrison not slow to show his displeasure with Hotspur’s opening.  Hotspur eventually got going and on 27 Brendun Hogan got Damian Ketley going down the right and his shot was just over the angle.  Holyhead began to enjoy a little pressure and on 36 drew level with a really well worked goal – Jamie Roberts found Hogan who sent Ketley down in on the right whose fine delivery into the goalmouth was met first time by Alex Jones who turned and buried it past Turner in style. Towards the end of the first half Holywell had two good chances Steve Thomas shot over after a good opening while just before the break Lloyd did well to find Lewis whose well hit shot was equally well saved by Carl Jones (HT 1-1).

Nip & Tuc start of the second half, but then came the controversial penalty.  A fine ball put Lloyd in on goal and the handball decision much to the dismay and disbelief in the Hotspur camp – Tom McElmeel put the spot kick away with the minimum of fuss high into the net on 56.  Lloyd had a good chance just after while Ketley’s effort was blocked on 73.  On 80 Dewi Thomas had a chance which somehow stayed out in a goalmouth scramble while at the other end Lloyd had a good drive well turned away by Jones but in the end it was the Wellmen who won the battle of the Holy’s on Holy Island.

Report by Gareth M Davies and photograph by Award Photography