News from the New Stadium

Holyhead Hotspur suffered their second heavy defeat in succession at Holywell Town last Saturday conceding four goals without reply and in truth it could have been considerably worse only for Paul Pritchard making a number of splendid saves, while the rampant impressive hosts also were guilty of further missed opportunities.

Hotspur worked hard in difficult heavy conditions but without real conviction with Mel Mc Ginness ploughing a lonely furrow up front against a superior outfit who played the ball effectively throughout carving out some well worked moves.

Striker Steve Lewis (the Beast) was always a thorn in the side of Hotspur’s overworked defence, celebrating his second successive hat trick following his treble at Airbus UK Broughton the previous weekend, while the Holy Islanders have leaked nine goals in their last two trips on the road.

Campbell Harrisons’s men will have to show a big improvement when they themselves visit Airbus UK Broughton this coming Saturday the 9th December (note kick off time is 1pm) or they will have their wings clipped once again.

Hotspur came their closest to scoring in the very first minute when Dan Mc Ginness’s cross on the right was met first time by Mike Kelly great strike which prompted a brilliant tip over by Shaun Pearson. It had been a better start than in previous games for Hotspur but the hosts soon began to get their act together with some incisive moves and took the lead on 10 minutes from a corner on the left by Sam Jones with the ball eventually coming to Steve Lewis, who just outside the penalty area moved to his right before unleashing a powerful shot inside Paul Pritchard’s left hand post. A minute later Pritchard was out quickly to foil Brady Mc Gilloway and on 15 he saved brilliantly at the near post with his feet as Lewis threatened. Just after from a corner on the right the ball seemed to strike Grahame Williams and looped on to the angle of the bar and post.

Hotspur were now beginning to settle into the game but just before the half hour they went two down when a free kick on the right by Steve Thomas was floated to the far post and John Jones rose highest and his header albeit at a tight angle crept into the far corner. On thirty three minutes a quick break by the hosts saw a three on one situation but Pritchard made a great save, and again on 40 with two more goal saving interventions. Just before the break Mel Mc Ginness just failed to get on the end of a good cross from Mike Kelly.  Half Time 2 – 0.
Hotspur quickly out of the blocks and Dewi Thomas was played in but Pearson foiled him at the last minute. At the other end Holywell continued to create chances and on 55 it was 3 – 0. Some fine wing play on the right saw Sam Jones cross low and hard into the box finding Steve Lewis who made room for himself before firing at pace past Pritchard. Hotspur responded and John Littlemore who had came on as a sub got the ball at his feet turned the defence and his effort went just over on 62. Lewis again was close on 69  when his shot was inches past a post, while Williams in the clear somehow hit the side netting. On 72 it was 4 – 0 with Sam Jones again on the right at pace crossing into the path of Steve Lewis who swept the ball home. 

Not the end as the hosts created even more chances but Pritchard outstanding again saving well, and Hotspur to their credit still plugging away trying to salvage a goal. 

Gareth M Davies