News from the New Stadium

Holyhead Hotspur suffered their second defeat of the week at home to Flint Town United which followed on from the loss at midweek to Porthmadog. However there was not too much between the sides in a high tempo contest with third in the league Flint just about edging mid table Hotspur, emphasizing again what a highly competitive league the Huws Gray Alliance has become in  recent times with the playing standards proving likewise.

The Silkmen raced out of the blocks and were two goals to the good after only sixteen minutes with the high pressing paying off via Adam Brown and Adam Eden. Campbell Harrison’s men are nothing if not resourceful and two goals in quick succession just before the break from Dewi Thomas and straight from a corner by Mel McGinness got things level. Despite the blustery conditions there was all to play for and both sides had opportunities but it was the Cae Castell visitors who regained and held the lead to the end on 69 minutes through Ritchie Foulkes whose speculative effort from 20 yards took a nasty deflection over the head of Paul Pritchard who got a hand to the ball but to no avail. The hosts had a case for a spot kick towards the end but it was not to be. The game was marred  by a nasty injury to Flint’s Chris Roberts on 25 minutes who was in severe pain from a dislocated shoulder and was taken to Bangor hospital.

Next Saturday Hotspur have a chance to get back on track with winning ways when mid Wales Llanfair United come calling at the New Stadium with a 2pm kick off.

After a nip and tuck start Flint took the lead after only 9 minutes. A fine ball down the left touchline found Adam Eden who beat his defender and sent a searching cross into the goal mouth finding Adam Brown who headed firmly past Paul Pritchard into the corner of the net. Straight from the re start Dewi Thomas broke through but his shot was just wide of the upright, while Alex Jones headed just over on twelve minutes for the hosts. The game was being played at a high tempo and the visitors increased their lead on 16 minutes. A ball was threaded through to Adam Eden on the left who had far too much time in front of a retreating defence to place the ball beyond Pritchard much to Pritchard’s consternation. Eden headed wide on 25 then came the injury to Chris Roberts which held up play for several minutes. Flint always a threat and Dan McGinniss had to clear from near the goal line. However on forty three Holyhead reduced the arrears as a fine ball from Mel McGinniss put Dewi Thomas in on goal and he finished in style with a crisp low drive past Ben Jones. On forty four this time it was Mel McGinniss who was the scorer when his well taken corner evaded all and sundry and ended in the far corner.  Hal Time 2 -2

On fifty four the ball reached Dean Garmey who could not get a clean strike in a good position and keeper Ben Jones saved the effort. At the other end Leon Hewitt shot over from point blank range in front of goal, followed on sixty nine by Rithcie Foulkes’s  long range effort which was to decide the outcome. On eighty Gavin Sharpe for Hotspur was put through and it looked as if Jones had impeded him but claims for a penalty were turned down.

The hosts kept plugging away but Flint dealt pretty well with everything Hotspur threw at them until the final whistle. Flint were helped by former Welsh International Andy Holden in a coaching capacity assisting his home town club. Andy had been assistant to Alan Stubbs at Hibernian winning the Scottish Cup in 2015 at Hampden Park and latterly with Rotherham United.

Gareth M Davies