News from the New Stadium
- Published: 19 February 2017
A solitary goal ‘albeit brilliant’ by Hotspur’s Mel McGinness turned out to be the difference against struggling Llanfair United. However although the mid Wales visitors were resolute opponents Campbell Harrison’s team could and should have been out of sight long before the end but with just a solitary goal in it there is always the chance of your opponents nicking a goal at the other end.
The goal itself was vintage McGinness – a superb low cross from the left touchline near the corner flag by Gavin Sharpe saw the pocket dynamo launch himself despite being under pressure into a stooping low dive to head home just inside the far upright which in truth he had no right to get near, but this is predator Mel right back to his best covering every blade of grass on the pitch and so adapt at gobbling up unexpected trifles!
Despite the very welcome three points which keeps Hotspur in a healthy mid table position, the lack of composure in front of goal which has often been the case this season and again much in evidence against Llanfair (who themselves were guilty of poor finishing from their few opportunities) could have been costly, when in reality there should have been a number of goals between the sides. Hotspurs win ensured they continued a hundred per cent record against Llanfair United in the last two seasons.
The win puts the Holy islanders in good heart for the coming weekend trip to Caersws as they bid to finish the business end of the season on a high with five league games left and the important Huws Gray Alliance League Cup quarter final against Porthmadog looming at the new Stadium on Saturday 4th March with a 2pm kick off.
Hotspur made the early running and on four a Mel McGinness corner was met by unmarked Alex Jones who headed over when he should have at least hit the target while down the other end with the first half wind at their backs the visitors Paul Griffiths drove just over and a minute later they failed to make the most of a good chance as James Davies in the clear one on one with Paul Pritchard but the keeper was out quickly to block the attempt. On eight a free kick by Mel McGinness found the top of the crossbar. Two minutes later after a good move Mike Kelly set up Rhys Roberts who seemed surprised to have so much space and somehow shot wide from point blank range. The hosts continued to press and on eighteen Gavin Sharpe found McGinness in a good position but keeper Chris Brown did well to keep the ball out. On twenty two Holyhead took the lead they had threatened – Sharpe wide on the left near the corner flag sent over a superb cross low finding McGinness who converted brilliantly at the far post.
Both Cory Jones and ‘you know who’ Mel had further chances and on forty twisted and turned to find Sharpe whose header went just wide. Half Time 1 -0
Straight from the restart McGinness shot inches past the post and on fifty one Kelly shot straight at Brown. Next goal all important and on sixty six Keiron Hilditch produced a terrific effort from near the left touchline which clattered against the framework. The visitors although spent out it was still game on and on seventy five Andrew Hughes picked out James Davies who brought a good stop from Paul Pritchard. Alex Jones was next to go close heading inches the wrong side of the post. Further chances came and went however that one goal ended up being all important.
Gareth M Davies