News from the New Stadium
- Published: 29 January 2017
Campbell Harrison’s men continued their marked improvement in the Huws Gray Alliance league standings at Mold Alexandra with another three points in the locker by the odd goal in three, but will have to be far more clinical in front of goal if they want to enjoy success against old rivals Caernarfon Town this coming weekend at the New Stadium kick off 2pm.
At the end of the day it is the win that is all important but it has to be said that they should have come near to at least the 8 – 1 thrashing they had inflicted on the Flintshire side in the home game earlier in the campaign as they made really heavy weather of it this time around against a very poor Alex outfit who barely troubled keeper Paul Pritchard other than their late goal!
Hotspur dominated virtually the whole game helped by the hosts being reduced to ten men after only 11 minutes when Lee Jones stupidly kicked out at Mel McGinness after Dewi Thomas had put Hotspur ahead and Jones was given a straight red for violent conduct.
The rest of the first half saw the visitors press forward for more rewards but due to home keeper Mike Jones being impressive throughout with some great interventions and some sloppy finishing by Hotspur and lack of composure in front of goal Mold held out until Alex Jones netted an overdue second in injury time at the end of the first period. This set the tone for the second half with the Holy Islanders missing numerous opportunities in front of goal to put the game to bed despite Mike Jones again in fine form. This inability to kill off the game can often come back to bite you on the backside and when the hosts at last put something together to reduce the arrears with 5 minutes remaining the alarm bells were ringing when in truth Hotspur should have put their hosts out of their misery an age ago! As it was the visitors avoided any other mishap but on another day it could have been worse against better opposition.
Hotspur had a great early chance on 4 when Mel McGinness found himself in the clear on goal after Deion Evans poked through but so unlike him he blasted wide of the near post. However Hotspur took the lead on 11 with a long throw in from Keiran Hilditch on the left which was initially latched on to by Evans then coming out to Dewi Thoams on the right of the penalty area who rifled the ball home past Jones hard and low. The red card incident then followed. Three minutes later it should have been two as Mel McGinness did really well on the left crossing low and hard to Mike Kelly who did not have his ‘eye in’ on this occasion and somehow with an open goal gaping contrived to shoot the wrong side of the upright! On 16 Mold at last produced an attack Danny Barlow to Arron Davies but Pritchard was out quickly to snuff the danger out. Jones then called into action with fine saves as Hotspur looked for a second goal. More chances for the visitors and then on 36 Rhys Roberts’s effort was hacked off the line by Cy Sullivan. Then Mel McGinness passed to Dewi Thomas who should have scored while Mike Kelly had a header kicked off the line on 43. One way traffic and then on 45 + 1 Holyhead Hotspur increased their lead. A free kick on the right by Deion Evans was delivered perfectly to the far post and Alex Jones shot home. (Half Time 0 – 2).
Second half was a repeat of the first and on the hour Hotspur’s biggest threat was caused by themselves when Keiran Hilditch’s header back to Pritchard had to tipped over the bar. Numerous chances for Hotspur with sub Robert Llewelyn Jones denied his first goal by a great save by Mold’s Mike Jones. Then came Mold’s goal with a Dobson free kick headed beyond Pritchard by Matthew Hughes.
Gareth M Davies