News from the New Stadium

As was the case at Conwy Borough a few days previously ‘on fire’ striker Mel McGinness was again the ‘Hero’ match winner for Holyhead Hotspur this time in the first round of the Huws Gray Alliance League Cup. His second minute of added time strike put Campbell Harrison’s team into the quarter finals when again they will have home advantage against Porthmadog at a date to be arranged.


A dour hard fought encounter never reached an great heights but was very competitive throughout, however Buckley Town did not have anyone upfront as clinical as McGinness which in the end was the real difference between the two sides. Goalless at the break it was Mel McGinness who notched the first of his brace in the 75th minute. A ball from the left was retrieved by Dean Garmey near the far post who drilled it into the goalmouth for McGinness ‘a snapper up of trifles’ to whip the ball past Buckley’s keeper in a flash. One sensed that the Flintshire visitors would not go down without a fight and drew level somewhat fortuitously when an effort going wide by Asa Hamilton struck teammate Mike Chronshaw and deflected past a helpless Paul Pritchard on 84. The tie could go either way but with extra time looming came the McGinness sting in the tail. Gavin Sharpe played a superb ball through the middle latched onto by the pocket dynamo who raced for goal chased by the pack and he unleashed a sublime finish past the advancing keep Adam McGee who got something on it but not enough to prevent the ball entering the net to send the home contingent wild.


The first half had seen Buckley hold sway early on and on 9 Asa Hamilton found Mike Cronshaw whose shot hit the outside of the post and away while just after the busy Jacob Evans had a good opportunity but his shot was weak and straight at keeper Paul Pritchard. Hotspur had made a slow start but despite pressure from the visitors they were unable to convert into goals and Evans was again guilty of a poor finish on 30. However the hosts began to assert themselves at last as half time arrived.   (Half Time 0 – 0)


On 54 Gavin Sharpe found McGinness who made ground into the box but fired wide of the far post. On 65 it took a great tackle by Alex Jones to defuse a dangerous situation developing by Hamilton while Pritchard made a fine reaction save to deny Cronshaw who found himself in a great shooting position. Not long after came Mel McGinness’s opening goal and a Cory Jones header cleared off the lIne while Buckley had a brief spell on level terms via the lucky deflection before McGinness had the final say.


This was Hotspur’s fourth win in the last four outings and they will be going for a ‘high five’  this coming weekend (January 7th) when Ruthin Town come calling in a 2pm kick off which hopefully will see further progress by the resurgent Hotspur team.
Gareth M Davies.