News from the New Stadium

In this final pre season friendly Hotspur went down 3 -2 to a useful looking Llangefni Town who will be pressing for the league title this season. Glantraeth refusing promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance league last season and Llangefni Town just losing out on promotion to Llandudno Juction on total number of goals scored.

Our thanks to Llangefni Town on behalf of the ‘Nigel Moore’ Charity appeal when they donated all the gate takings of £225 to Nigel’s appeal.

The match was a typical pre season friendly with Hotspur bringing a big squad and manager Campbell Harrison giving everyone some playing time. The squad included reserves and some of the Under 18’s. It was a good work out and both teams will benefit from it.

In a first half edged by Hotspur it was sad to see Alex Jones leave the field after 10 minutes when he realized that his ankle injury had not healed enough to play any further. Corey Jones again marshaled the back four superbly and Dean Garmey was his usual competitive self in mid field. In fact everyone who turned out for Hotspur did themselves proud especially the substitutes.

The first goal scored after 10 minutes was a cracker of a 35 yard shot by Llangefni’s Steve Kehoe which had too much pace for Mervyn Williams to save. It was great to see Merv again between the posts he having given great service to many clubs over the years. Paul Pritchard on holiday and reserve keeper Connor Hughes injured meant he stepped in for this match.

Hotpsur were full of running and great runs and shots from KC Owen and Dean Garmey made Kenny Hughes in the Llangefni goal work hard to turn the ball away for corners. In the 20th minute a screamer from KC Owen just scrapped the cross bar with Kenny Hughes beaten. Throughout the half Hotspur were ringing the changes and you could see that it was sometimes difficult for players to re adjust, but the still competed well, and in the 43rd minutes Dewi Thomas after a dazzling run was brought down just outside the box. KC Owen feinted to take it and Dean Garmey put the ball in the far corner with Kenny Hughes well beaten. Half Time (1-1)

Llangefni Town playing well edged the second half with the Hotspur defence having to work hard and several balls being cleared off the line. It was Hotspur who surprisingly went ahead on 60 when Alex Boss from just outside the box placed a shot to far to Kenny Hughes’ left hand and Hotspur were delighted to go 2 – 1 up.

After 7 minutes Llangefni were level when Osian Jones who was in acres of space just side footed a ball into the Hotspur net. Hotspur were ‘under the cosh’ but too be fair the defence held out well with young Kristian Dunne looking a fine prospect at left mid field, linking up well with KC Owen on the wing.

Alex Boss and Jack Griffiths crossed some lovely balls and John Littlemore worked hard up front but the Llangefni Town defence was well drilled and held out.

The winner for Llangefni Town came in the 72nd minute when Craig Roberts pocked home a ball that was bouncing around in front of goal, with no Hotspur defender able to clear it.
In the 85th minute young Daniel Williams (Mervyn William’s young teenage son) came on as substitute keeper to a rousing reception from the crowd.

I am sure that Campbell Harrison will have been satisfied with the game and the general level of performance. Results do not matter that much in friendlies it’s whether the team is improving week on week and that is certainly the case.

This coming Saturday 12th August we host Ruthin Town with a 2.30pm kick off at the New Stadium and the following week we are away at Caernarfon Town.