News from the New Stadium

Holyhead Hotspur kept in touch with the Huws Gray Alliance league leaders and reignited their credentials as possible title contenders with a convincing 3 -0 success over Porthmadog on a rain swept Wednesday night at the New Stadium.

Hotspur got back on track after the defeat at Guilsfield in a match which saw torrential rain for much of the game but in a high temp affair the hosts were worthy winners with a three goal margin which could have been even more emphatic.

Holyhead took the lead with a superb free kick from Kenleigh Owen just outside the box and doubled it through Ryan Taylor ten minutes after the restart while Mel Mc Ginness from a very difficult angle made it game set and match midway through the second half. The only black spot was a second yellow for influential central defender Alex Jones with 20 minutes to go but Campbell Harrison’s men rode out the game without further mishap.

Next up are FC Queens Park from Wrexham the former Huws Gray Alliance league members now back in the Welsh Pyramid second tier after promotion from the Welsh National league last season. They have not started too well but Campbell Harrison and assistant Darren Garmey will not let any complacency creep in at Stansty Park on Saturday next kick off 2.30pm.

The conditions had their say early on as a home cross from the right saw keeper Richard Harvey in difficulty which was eventually cleared. On 10 a cross from the right saw Kenleigh Owen’s header flash just past the upright. At the other end Paul Pritchard made a good stop from Josh Bank , it was now nip and tuck in a match played at a high tempo as both sides made light of the elements. With two minutes to go before the break Hotspur took the lead. Ryan Taylor looking lively was brought down just outside the box and up stepped Kenleigh Owen to delightfully curl the ball over the wall into the near top corner, with Harvey flat footed. (Half Time 1 -0)

The second half continued at a fast pace and from a free kick by Dean Garmey on half way the ball eventually came to Mel Mc Ginness whose shot just whistled past the upright. However on 54 it was 2 – 0 as Ryan Taylor received the ball and made ground into the visitors penalty area to rifle the ball past Harvey into the far corner. Hotspur in control but had to be careful at the back as on 62 Port’s Sion Bradley on the left made a strong run and his cross clipped the top of the cross bar to safety.

On 66 Hotspur made the game safe as Dean Garmey on the left threaded through a great ball past the defence setting up the on running Mel Mc Ginness who left his marker and from what seemed an impossible angle contrived to find the far corner via the post.

On 73 Alex Jones was given a second yellow card for an over zealous challenge but although down to ten men Hotspur continued to hold sway even going close to adding to their three goals.

Gareth M Davies