News from the New Stadium

On Saturday at the new stadium in the north Wales ‘Lock Stock Fireworks’ Challenge Cup Semi-Final the Reserves reached the final against their counterparts from Caernarfon Town.

A well contested cup tie played in strong winds saw Hotspur with the elements in their favour in the first half took the lead after 36 minutes via young Josh Batson who took his goal really well after a number of opportunities weren’t taken. Hotspur had Mel and Dan McGinness along with Dean Garmey in the side while former players Jay Gibbs and Jamie Roberts were in the Canaries XI due to them being cup-tied and not able to take part in their Welsh Cup exploits.

Five minutes after the break Arron Mansell brought Caernarfon level and it became a real end-to-end encounter with chances at both ends and the next goal all important. It looked likely the Semi-Final was going to go into extra time until well into added time. Mel McGinness, unlike him had missed a few one on one situations in the first half but the pocket dynamo would have the last laugh when he slotted in the winner. So it was Mel who would provide the ‘fireworks’ to live up to the aforementioned trophy. Many congratulations to managers Andy and John who have moulded the team into a very competitive side and hopefully they will have plenty of support when the final is played which will be against Bangor City.

G.M. Davies.