News from the New Stadium

Holyhead Hotspur reserves beat their Bangor City counterparts 4-1 to win the North Wales reserve league cup at Maes Elian on Thursday night in front of a large turnout. Andy Batsford and John Batson’s side comprised of experience and regular second team players eventually proved too strong for the young Bangor City team who had already won the league title. With Mel McGinness predatory instincts proving the deciding factor via a fine hat-trick with Mike Kelly adding a fourth.


Bangor City had taken a very early lead through Guto Williams and had more of the early exchanges until magical Mel drew his side level just after the half-hour and then put Hotspur in front just before the break. The second period saw both teams going close to the all important next goal which eventually fell to Kelly on 76 and that man McGinness wrapped the final up four minutes from the end to complete his hat-trick.

Bangor’s youngster’s can take heart from the emerging talent in their side while all Holyhead Hotspur players were up to the task with Jason Owen’s impressive display vying with Mel McGinness for ‘man of the match!’

Bangor were quick off the blocks and on 90 seconds following a free kick Guto Williams took advantage of indecision in the Holyhead defence to bundle the ball home. Hotspur responded and keeper Leon Jones made a fine stop from Mel McGinness who was free in front of goal on two minutes. City continued to press with Ifan Jones and Rory Kelly going close. Holyhead began to find space coming more into the game with efforts from Mike Edwards and Dan McGinness who turned on a sixpence (old money!) lose his markers and superbly guide the ball past Jones left hand into the corner. Rory Kelly just over on 34 while back at the other end Jones way out of his area lost the ball to Mel McGinness who just failed to get a good connection. Hotspur looking menacing now and on 44 took the lead- excellent play by Mel McGinnes saw him trick the defence and while his shot was going wide up popped his brother Dan at the far post to knock it back to Mel who Gleefully Rapped it home just inside the upright.

The second period was keenly contested Bangor’s Aiden Clarke headed just over and Ken Leigh Owen likewise for Hotspur. However on 76 Mike Kelly gave his side a two goal cushion when taking a good through ball in his stride on the right and perfectly placing the ball past the keeper.

A Bangor threat was headed off the line only for Mel McGinnes to complete his hat-trick with 4 minutes to go after taking a defence splitting pace and finish with a clinical effort low past Jones. Still time for Marcus Bell to fire just wide after Mike Kelly’s improvised back flick but cup home and dry and back to Holyhead by now.
Gareth M. Davies