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'Cometh the hour’, ‘Cometh the Man’ is a well known phrase lived up to on this occasion by Holyhead Hotspur’s Kenleigh Owen whose stunning 20 yard effort earned Campbell Harrison’s side a welcome three points. The winning goal on 60 minutes broke a deadlock which should have been broken much earlier in the first half that Hotspur dominated without the cutting edge at the business end. The lack of finish by the hosts gave confidence to the spirited Wrexham based outfit who went close themselves, as they did not with Alex Jones making a crucial goal line clearance, and to be fair the visitors belied their near basement position and with better composure themselves could have pinched a point!

However it was a deserved win for Harrison’s men who will hope to take heart from the albeit hard earned success into next Saturday’s belated Huws Gray Alliance League Cup tie against Guilsfield which has now been switched to the mid Wales club as Hotspur have had their two previous attempts to play the original home fixture postponed by bad weather. League rules ‘dictate’ the venue switch.

Hotspur on the front foot from the off and Mel Mc Ginness was in on goal but FC Queens Park keeper Richard Conderley was out quickly to block while just after on 6 minutes Dewi Thomas flashed just wide of the mark from a great position. On 9 minutes Ryan Taylor broke at pace on the left and his low cross to the near post saw Mc Ginness bring out a super stop from the keeper. Hotspur were camped in the visitors half and Jamie Mc Daid shot just over with Hotspur having nothing to show for their half hour of sustained pressure. On 33 Heldur Ramus turned well and was just wide with FC Queens Park’s almost first attack to give Hotspur a warning. On 40 Paul Pritchard saved well with his feet from Len Roberts and from the rebound Alex Jones was the goal line hero with his saving clearance from Thomas Bunclack. Just before the break good work by Mike Kelly on the right saw him cross to Mc Daid who unfortunately headed straight at the keeper. Half Time 0 – 0.

Corderley was out of goal quick to to deny Dan Mc Ginness on 54 as play was now much more even but on the hour mark a slick Hotspur move across the centre of the field saw Dewi Thomas slip the ball to Kenleigh Owen who let fly from about 20 yards to smack the back of the net beyond the well beaten custodian and to be truthful the match needed a wonder strike like that to win it. Both teams had their moments and on 68 Queens Park’s Tony Jones shot inches past the upright while Thomas for Hotspur sliced wide on 70 at the other end. On 80 a cross from the right saw the visitors again go near while on 85 a great marauding run by Mel Mc Ginness took him up into the visitors area only for the Queens Park keeper to make a superb last ditch save as he came out to deny Mc Ginness whose shot was well on target. Both teams now looking for the all important next goal but it never came and Hotspur’s Kenleigh Owen the match winner.


Gareth M Davies