News from the New Stadium

Campbell Harrison’s Holyhead Hotspur side got right back on track after an indifferent period at mid Wales lowly Caersws with an emphatic 0 -3 score line which could have en even more convincing by the end of the game.

Three goals in nine second half minutes did the trick against the Bluebirds with no way back against the dominant visitors. Hotspur had much the better of the opening half against a poor home outfit but were unable to take the opportunities that came their way, the only real scare being striker John Littlemore escaping a sending off for a second handling offence (he was booked for the first) not punished by the lenient referee much to the consternation of the home camp but Hotspur glad to be let off!

Hotspur rode their luck which had not been plentiful of late and took full advantage with three second half goals via Dewi Thomas (penalty) on 50, Ryan Taylor on 54 and John Littlemore on 59.

While all the team gave a much improved performance the return of Dewi Thomas to the starting lineup was a big factor, with Thomas playing a prominent part in the welcome three points which keeps the Holy Islanders within touching distance of the higher echelons of the league with a couple of games in hand.

With no fixture this coming weekend Hotspur will look forward to facing Denbigh Town at the New Stadium on Friday night 10th November with a 7.30pm kick off, when they will hope to push further towards the top positions.

Ryan Taylor and John Littlemore tested keeper Luke Evans early on while Reece Brown pushed an effort wide of target as Hotspur called the tune looking the more likely. On 19 Dewi Thomas went on a great run from the half way line slicing through the home rear guard but it ended with disappointment shooting wide. The same player then tested Evans forcing the keeper to go full stretch and make a good save on 23. A minute later Littlemore who had been booked for hand ball earlier appeared to get off lightly when repeating the offence but the referee who may have been badly positioned ignored the home player appeals. The hosts had hardly had a shot in anger until Rhydian Davies at last brought Paul Pritchard into action just after the half hour, but on 38 after Cory Jones squared across the goal mouth Taylor should have at least hit the target but blazed over. On 40 Caersws produced a good looking chance but it was cleared away by the Hotspur defence. Just after Corey Jones headed just over form a good position. Half Time (0 -0)

In the second period Hotspur were quickly on the front foot and a long throw from Keiron Hilditch on the left saw Evans save brilliantly but on 50 the visitors pressure paid off when Dewi Thomas on the right of the area was brought down and it was he who found the top of the net from the spot kick. Four minutes later Ryan Taylor was picked out in space down the left and the pacey winger left the defence for dead and approaching the goal mouth showed great composure to slip the ball past the advancing Evans. Hotspur upping the tempo were not finished yet for on 59 it was 0 – 3 when Ryan Taylor fed John Littlemore a delightful ball and Littlemore’s powerful shot went in off Ryan Davies. Hotspur had more chances to improve the score line but Evans made a couple of fine saves to deny Alex Boss and Taylor while Paul Pritchard dealt with a few late efforts from the hosts.

But game done and dusted

Gareth M Davies