News from the New Stadium

Following the previous weekend’s disappointing performance against Brickfield Rangers Hotspur looked much sharper on Thursday evening at the New Stadium as a fine hat trick from new signing John Littlemore and a ‘cracker’ from Dan McGinniss were enough to see off a spirited comeback from visitors Llanrug United.

Hosts Holyhead Hotspur has sailed into a comfortable half time lead three goal to the good, but always up for a contest ‘Rug’ fought back well in the second period as both sides rung the changes.

Most pleasing for Hotspur manager Campbell Harrison and assistant Darren Garmey would have been to see the clinical finishing of Littlemore who made 19 appearances for Welsh Premier Cardiff Met last season, but perhaps not so much about the fact that his side conceded three goal after the break!

Hotspur went ahead as early as the second minute when a good diagonal ball across the box by Mel McGinness saw Littlemore nip in and fire past the trialist keeper which struck one upright then rolled along the line and hit the other before crossing.

The visitors responded and Hotspur keeper Paul Pritchard deflected a breakaway effort past the post for a fine save. Back at the other end Dan McGinness found Littlemore who forced the Llanrug custodian into a good stop.

Littlemore got his second after 25 minutes following a melee in a crowded goalmouth knocking the ball home. It was a lively affair with the visitors playing on the break and after 40 minutes Sion Eirion Jones rasping effort from the right was too close for comfort. However seconds before the beak Hotspur got their third goal due to the persistence of Dan McGinness  who charged a clearance down, broke free and took the ball on and smashed a ‘beauty’ pat the helpless keeper.    Half Time 3 – 0

Just after the resumption Dean Garmey shot just wide but on 50 Luke Phillips pulled a goal back for the visitors with a fine strike past Pritchard.  It was short lived as Littlemore restored the three goal advantage and notched his hat trick breaking through on the right and showed composure to slot past the keeper.

Both sides the ‘mixed and matched’ with Hotspur bringing on two  teenage substitutes members of the Youth Development U18’s team and Jack Griffiths. On 70 minutes Llanrug produced a well worked move resulting in Alan Mark Owen heading strongly past the Hotspur keeper into the far corner. Littlemore as one might expect was now playing with great confidence and produced a fine run and cross from the left picking out Jack Griffiths who nodded just wide. Not long afterwards the visitors closed the gap to one (4 – 3) when Sion Eifion Jones in the clear poked home with Hotspur defence all at sea!

Hotspur have signed 19 year old Alex Boss previously of Wrexham academy and Bangor City. ]

Two more friendlies before the start of the season when we host Ruthin Town on Saturday 12th August 2.30pm kick off, and they are home to Nantlle Vale Wednesday 2nd August 7.30pm kick off and away at Llangefni Town on Saturday 5th August 2pm kick off.