News from the New Stadium

Holyhead Hotspur made it three successful wins to go top of the Huws Gray Alliance league on the same Wednesday evening that previous occupants Porthmadog came a cropper at home to Caernarfon Town who themselves had suffered defeat at home a few days earlier to the Holy Islanders.

Llandudno Junction were game opponents at the New Stadium to Campbell Harrison’s men but in reality were often outclassed and second best and should have returned back down the tracks beaten by a bigger margin!. The hosts at present look to be contenders at this early stage of the campaign and there will be we know bigger challenges ahead, but there is no real reason to believe otherwise as the managers Harrison and Garmey have assembled a useful looking squad who could well surprise a few people in the coming months.

Two goals to the good at the interval against a stiff breeze via new signing John Littlemore and a Kenleigh Owen spot kick the spirited visitors (who may find it a struggle this season) threatened briefly to come back into it early in the second half when Lee Ellis reduced the arrears but bridegroom in waiting Mel McGinniss produced his customary goal barely a minute later and Dean Garmey completed the derailment of the visitors with a fourth Hotspur.

Next up for the League leaders is a trip to Porthmadog this Tuesday evening 7.45pm kick off in the Nathaniel Cup (formerly Word Cup) while Hotspur first team have no game this coming Saturday 26th August, the reserves are at home to Prestatyn Town 2.30pm kick off. goal straight from a corner.

After a nip and tuck start Hotspur took an early lead after 8 minutes. A corner on the left by Dean Garmey saw Dewi Thomas’s header skim off to the right of goal reaching John Littlemore who smashed the ball at pace just inside the upright giving keeper Gwydion Owen no chance. Hotspur continued to press and Owen did well to come out quickly and deny Thomas. The hosts were causing problems for the visiting defenders and on one occasion the outrushing keeper kicked the ball against one of his players which was just saved from crossing the line at the last minute. Junction tried to respond with quick breakouts but on 22 were two down following a foul in the box and Kenleigh Owen expertly slotted home the resultant penalty. Owen was kept busy in the visitors goal, but just on the half hour after Leigh Craven of Junction had a shot deflected for a corner, from the resultant flag kick Dan Roberts’s effort had to be blocked near the post by Dan McGinniss. Following a good move by Littlemore his cross was headed just wide by Mel McGinniss while the latter and his brother Dan combined well for Mel to shoot just wide again before the break. (Half Time 2 – 0)

Junction started brightly early in the second half and Merrick Knight was through and should have done better than shoot straight at Paul Pritchard, but on 56 he pulled a goal back- Knight found Lee Ellis on the right with a fine ball who then outstripped the defence showing good judgment to fire past the Hotspur keeper. It didn’t take the hosts long to restore their two goal advantage, a long ball down the middle on 58 was pounced on by Mel McGinniss who brought the ball down superbly, turned and rifled it into the far corner of the net for a superb finish. Ellis on the right was causing problems to the Hotspur defence and had several good runs for the Railwaymen which with more composure might have got further success.

Mel McGinniss was thwarted by Owen who smothered his effort on 69, but on 77 it was 4 -1 to Hotspur when Tomos Clarke brought a point blank save from keeper Owen leading to a corner on the left. Dean Garmey’s in swinging corner kick caught the breeze and evaded keeper and defence. Mike Kelly had a fine run and shot as Hotspur tried to add more to the score while Dean Seager shot inches wide for Junction. Paul Pritchard had to make a brilliant saved late on and although Hotspur could and should have had several more goals the visitors also becoming more adventurous.

So a good ‘platform’ to build on while it is also hoped a cry of ‘all change’ will not be heard if you understand the ‘signal’, and keep on ‘track’. One might consider that someone else is ‘off the rails’.

Gareth M Davies