News from the New Stadium


Holyhead Hotspur lost out by the odd goal in three at Llandudno in the Nathaniel M. G. Cup (Welsh League Cup) but gave their best display of the season so far in going out to the Welsh Premier League outfit.

Campbell Harrison’s men gave a spirited battling display and even took a second minute lead via Deion Evans in this first round tie but two goals before half-time form John Owen and Lee Thomas in effect sealed the hosts progress into the next round although the visitors made strong efforts to take the tie into extra time before the end.

Hotspur will be hoping for more luck in front of goal this weekend when Mold Alex are the visitors and also the first 3 points of the season. Hotspur went into the lead in their first attack of the game- good link play saw the ball reach Deion Evens who took the ball into the penalty area before finding the corner of the net with a fine placement inside the keeper Patrick Rutters near right hand post.

Llandudno responded and Paul Pritchard had to tip over on 3 and from the corner Lee Thomas shot over. Llandudno on top but on 14 Evens for Hotspur shot inches just wide of the upright. Thomas had a fine chance on 15 but couldn’t get the touch needed in front of goal. However Llandudno did draw level on 17, Gareth Evens produced a superb ball over from the right and John Owen knocked it past Pritchard in a swift movement. Pritchard then made a fine save to deflect over from Thomas. On 26 Liam Dawson unleashed a terrific drive which thundered against the bar from 20 yards. Paul Pritchard produced a fine save with his legs from Leo Reilly but on 41 the home side took the lead they had threatened. Another fine ball from the right saw Lee Thomas headed over Pritchard as he came out.

Half time 2-1.

Hotspur came out determined and Jack Griffiths headed straight at Rutter while at the other end Reilly went on a good run but shot wide on 64. The visitors were competing well looking to draw level and on 78 came close Rutter just managing to push the ball away from Griffiths. Harrison put forwards Mike Edwards and Martin McClymont setting up a great cross from Edwards on the right was begging to be put away. No more goals but the Welsh Premier outfit knew they had been in a game.

G. M. Davies.