News from the New Stadium

Holyhead Hotspur manager Campbell Harrison will be hoping that his charges will not be so benevolent next weekend when Saturday’s opponents Guilsfield come calling again to Holy Island this time for a Huws Gray Alliance Cup fixture kick off 2.30pm. 

Hotspur took a two goal lead within 20 minutes in the Huws Gray Alliance league fixture but the mid Wales team responded with three goals of theirown to forge ahead at the break. Another in the second half put paid to Hotspur’s chances in a hard fought encounter typical of past contests between the clubs which saw Asa Hamilton complete a hat trick which included two spot kicks

Hotspur’s early advantage also included a penalty by new signing Jamie Mc Daid who had returned to his former club a couple of days previously.

John Littlemore put the hosts in front on 14 minutes and Mc Daid doubled the score 5 minutes later via a penalty kick. However Chris Cathrall reduced the arrears for the visitors on 24 and Hamilton notched his first spot kick on 28 and his second 4 minutes before half time. Asa Hamilton the put two goals between the sides in the second half and that was how it stayed to the 90.

Persistent rain for some hours before had put the game in doubt but good work by the ground staff made the pitch playable although it cut up badly during the match. Both teams did well in the glue pot conditions although this good contest was not helped by stand in referee James Walker of Flint by some of his strange decisions which incurred the wrath of all players and spectators, as he never allowed for the sticky and wet surface. 

A chance for Holyhead Hotspur early on saw a melee in the visitors goal mouth and new boy Jamie Mc Daid firing just over the bar. End to end in a high tempo start and on 14 it was the hosts who went ahead. A Mel Mc Ginness low skidder was only pushed out by Guilsfield keeper Andrew Wycherley to the lurking John Littlemore who gobbled up the opportunity with glee in slotting the ball home. The Guils responded but 6 minutes later Hotspur increased their lead via a penalty. Dan Mc Ginness floated a free kick into the area and the referee spotted an infringement for pushing ny a Guils defender. Jamie Mc Daid stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to double Hotspur’s advantage.

It was good end to end stuff not helped by the referee, and on 24 Guilsfield reduced the lead when James Cook on the left did well to lose his defender and after his cross was half saved by home keeper Paul Pritchard the ball came to Chris Cathrall who shot home. Just after this Cathrall had another chance but shot inches wide of the far post. However on 28 the Guils drew level when the referee penalized a home defender for pulling a shirt in the area and Asa Hamilton made no mistake from the spot. Ryan Taylor then shot inches over the bar at the other end on 37 but it was Hamilton again who in the box was brought down with a clumsy sliding tackle and made the hosts pay by slotting home his second goal.

In the second half the hosts brought on substitute Dewi Thomas who produced some surging runs and he was denied what looked like a stone wall penalty for a trip on 54 but somehow this was not seen by referee Walker. Hotspur came to regret that decision because 3 minutes later Asa Hamilton, who looked so strong in the difficult conditions, was put in with a good ball and showing good composure rounded Paul Pritchard to slide the ball home for his hat trick. On 64 Dewi Thomas was again on goal in the area but Sam Litchfield produced a superb tackle to deny Thomas a certain goal. Both teams plugged away manfully but no more goals forthcoming with Guilsfield looking the stronger with Hotspur hoping it will be a different story next weekend with a 2.30pm kick off in the Cup match.

Gareth M Davies