News from the New Stadium

Following the two good wins against Conwy Boro and Sheffield United Under 19’s in their first couple of friendlies leading up to the start of the 2017/18 season Campbell Harrison’s team were beaten by the only goal of the game against Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) opponents Brickfield Rangers at the New Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors who were runners up in their league last season were very competitive opponents scoring the winning goal ten minutes after the break via Danny Holland while the home side lacked a cutting edge to trouble impressive visiting keeper Terry Mc Cormack too much.

However with a number of players missing Harrison and assistant Darren Garmey will count it as another useful build up to the coming campaign and move on to the next warm up game against Llanrug United again at the new Stadium this coming Thursday kick off 7.30pm

New signing John Littlemore brought a save from Mc Cormack on five minutes while at the other end Paul Pritchard showed his alertness on a couple of occasions to clear his lines. On 36 a fine Hotspur move ended with Littlemore forcing  Mc Cormack to a superb save to his left from the striker’s header. Both sides looking for an opening with the game goalless at the break. However not long after the re start Brickfield took the lead when a defensive lapse let in Danny Holland who slipped the ball past the advancing Paul Pritchard who came out to retrieve the situation. On 55 Mel Mc Ginness who came on for the second period evaded a number of tackles near the by line and his shot from a tight angle just missed entering inside the far post. Mike Kelly shot just over on 64 while Kenleigh Owen was not far away on 76. With ten minutes to go there was an almighty scramble in the Brickfield goalmouth as the visitors somehow got in the way of numerous successive attempts at goalmouth not one Hotspur player getting in the telling shot! With five minutes to go Dean Gamey shot just wide, however Brickfield who were always quick to counter attack were excellent pre season opponents and deserved their success.

Reserves Match

Holyhead Hotspur’s  second string side also were on the receiving end to Brickfield Rangers reserves team this time by three goals to two in another keenly contested game. Andy Batsford’s XI took the lead after 17 minutes as Mel Mc Ginness finished off a fine Danny Connolly cross, only for Josh Newell to draw the Wrexham based side level on 25. Chances went begging at both ends and on 40 Dan Manley Williams had a header cleared off the line but a minute and own goal by Sam Giles put Hotspur in front 2 – 1 at the break. Kyle Flower between the sticks for the visitors made some good saves to deny Hotspur but on 66 Josh Newell made it a brace with a cracker from 15 yards and Jordan Jones scored what turned out to be the winner for Brickfield two minutes later. Marcus Bell went close for the hosts on 80.

Another fine good contest witnessed by a good number of spectators and another step towards a hopefully successful season for both teams.

Gareth M Davies