News from the New Stadium

An inform Denbigh Town side who had beaten both Prestatyn Town and Flint Town United prior to this game made it a hat trick of excellent scalps on the bounce at the expense of Campebell Harrison’s Holyhead Hotspur at the New Stadium in a game which was played in very heavy deteriorating conditions. Two goals in front at the break via Ben Nash and a Craig Pritchard penalty Hotspur pulled a goal back through Cory Jones just a minute after the resumption and looked capable of drawing level and more. However aided by soi=me fine saves by goalkeeper Jon Hill-Dunt and a lack of a cutting edge by the Holy islanders the visitors regained the initiative and restored their two goal advantage via Jake Eyre and despite Hotspur’s efforts that is how it stayed to the end. The Central Park side had also missed an earlier spot kick and to be fair were full value for their three points.

Hotspur will now take stock and want to put that result behind them as they play host to Huws Gray Alliance league champions Prestatyn Town this coming Saturday 18th March with a 2pm kick off.

Hotspur were first to threaten in the second minute when Mike Kelly found Mel McGiness whose fine effort hit the top of the bar and went over. However at the other end Rhys Roberts was guilty of pulling a player back and a penalty was awarded on five minutes but Arron Halsall did not get a clean strike from the spot and Paul Pritchard saved comfortably low down. The same player then saw his shot drift wide from 20 yards. The lively visitors continued to push forward with confidence and on 14 minutes took the lead – a ball was hoisted into the box and latched on quickly by Ben Nash who pounced to shoot into the corner of the net. On  19 a corner on the left by Mel McGinness saw Alex Jones head just wide. Nip and tuck but on 25 Denbigh were awarded another spot kick when the energetic  Halsall was brought down and this time Craig Pritchard made no mistake. Denbigh were quick on the break and on 39 Andrew Swarbrick broke through but shot just inches wide as Hotspur struggled to gain a foothold and get back into the game.  

Half Time 0- 2.

They did get back into contention just a minute after the restart – Dewi Thomas found Cory Jones who shot low past Hill-Dunt. A minute later McGinness was in but the keeper denied him by coming out quickly. Holyhead Hotspur were pressing hard and McGinness tried a back header on 52. Denbigh were always a threat breaking at pace and Pritchard did well to deflect an Alan Bull effort for a corner. On the hour Hill-Dunt made two vital saves the first a brilliant flying save to his right to deny Dewi Thomas and just after again a fine stop from the same player. The next goal would be all important and it fell to the visitors on 69. Alan Bull made ground and slipped the ball through to sub Jake Eyre who fired home past Pritchard. Harrison put on his subs to try to make a difference but found Denbigh a resolute bunch and it took another brilliant re action save from Hill-Dunt to tip away a goal bound header from Alex Jones. Hotspur gave all they had in the energy sapping conditions but on this occasion it was not good enough.

Gareth M Davies