News from the New Stadium

 

Campbell Harrison’s side made it two successive opening wins to continue their excellentstart to the the new season with a very prestigious three points against old rivals Caernarfon Town at the Oval venue. The Canaries are amongst the favourities to land the HGA title this season, but were made to look ordinary by the Holy Islanders, with their opponents down to ten men after a quarter of an hour when Caernarfon’s Danny Brockwell was shown red from which Kenleigh Owen put away the resultant spot kick.

Mel McGinness celebrated his forthcoming wedding this weekend by adding to the score before the break and although the Cofis put pressure on in the second half when the hosts converted a penalty of their own from Nathan Craig the Hotspur rearguard held firm with young substitute Alex Boss making two vital interventions to thwart the hosts who were making desperate attempts to get something out of the game.


The early season has been encouraging for Harrison’s men while a further boost is the signing of former Porthmadog and Bangor City striker Chris Jones who made his debut coming on for Mel McGinness in the second period.

Next Wednesday evening with a 7.30pm kick off gives Hotspur the opportunity to make it three in a row when Llandudno Junction come calling at the New Stadium while this coming Saturday 26th August Hotspur are without a first team game.

Caernarfon were quick off the blocks and last week’s hero Paul Pritchard made a fine save from Jamie Breeze in the first minute while another effort just after was put just over the bar with keeper Pritchard quickly out to deny Gareth Evans in the early flurry. Hotspur responded quickly on the break and on 15 came the first real incident when former defender Rhys Roberts misjudged a through ball allowing John Littlemore to break into the penalty area crossing into the path of the overlapping Dan McGinness who was upended in the box. It was a stonewall penalty by Danny Brockwell while the referee Alex Livesey added a red card as the official decided it was a ‘last man’ offence much to the consternation of the home players. Hotspur sought to make use of their advantage and Dewi Thomas hit the top of the cross bar on the half hour with the Caernarfon keeper well beaten. A minute later Thomas found Mel McGinness with a searching ball to his left and the pocket dynamo took the ball in field from the by line turned and shot superbly inside keeper Ramsey’s near post. Just before the break the hosts had two good chances via Darren Thomas with a header while a weak effort by Evans barely troubled Pritchard  (Halt Time 0 – 2).

 

Nip and tuck early in the second half but on 64 Caernarfon found a goal back when Jamie Breeze was pushed in the back by Cory Jones inside the box and Nathan Craig made no mistake from the spot. Game on now with the next goal all important for either side. On 82 a great run from Kenleigh Owen on the left and his goal bound effort producing a fine save from keeper Ramsey turning the ball away for a corner. With Caernarfon Town pushing forward Jamie Breeze found himself  in the clear but speedy Alex Boss made a superb block tackle to stop him in his stride, while Boss again cleared off the line to rescue his side who headed home with three valuable points.

Gareth M Davies