News from the New Stadium

Any hope that Campbell Harrison’s Hotspur side would regain some much needed confidence ahead of their Easter Monday belated Huws Gray Alliance Cup tie with Guilsfield were dashed when high flying visitors Airbus UK Broughton put five past the beleaguered hosts who suffered their seventh straight defeat and must be hoping that ‘Lady Luck’ which has been thin on the ground of late will return for an end of season bid for a Trophy.

The Plane Makers were three goals to the good from Leo Riley, Ryan Edwards and a converted spot kick via Nathan Quirk. With fifteen minutes of the second half gone Riley received a straight red card which gane the hosts a slight hope for a revival but second in the table Airbus added two more before the end from sub James Hooper. The home team were not without their own opportunities however, which could have made it a much tighter affair,  but lack of composure in front of goal and another incident when what looked like a perfectly good goal was chalked out by the assistant referee for offside just sums up the situation off late, with several important decisions just not going our way!

The visitors were on the front foot from that start and after Lewis Buckley shot just wide on five, two  minutes later Steve Tommassen struck the goal frame. Hotspur’s Tomos Clare cleared a dangerous ball close to Hotspur’s goal line on 12 and a minute later it was no surprise when the visitors went ahead  when a ball came into the goal mouth from the right and Leo Riley unmarked and in acres of space cracked the ball home past keeper Connor Hughes in for the suspended Paul Pritchard. Hotspur responded when John Littlemore did well on the right to cross a ball into Alex Boss in the goal mouth but he failed to convert a gift edged chance. Then came the ‘Offside’ incident after a fine Hotspur move and a good goal chalked out which incensed the home crowd and players and the referee instead of appreciating the situation resorted to yellows cards for dissent when a talking to the players would have sufficed. This seems to be the way referee’s behave these days the ‘common sense approach’ is just not something in their DNA.

On 34 Littlemore was almost in by away keeper Andy Coughlin smothered the ball at his feet. It was ‘sods law’ as in the next attack Airbus went two up when home keeper Hughes having made a good stop with his feet the ball found Ryan Edwards who shot low into the far corner Half Time 0 – 2.

Hotspur had hardly had enough time to make any inroads into the game when Airbus were awarded a penalty on 53 after keeper Hughes  brought down Sugro Aboubacar in the box and Nathan Quirk stroked the ball homa. However on 64 Leo Riley was shown a straight red for dangerous play. John Littlemore had a great chance on 70 to reduce the arrears but somehow dragged his shot wide of the far post. Hotspur now with the visitors a man down were having more of the ball but again the penetration was missing as the Airbus defence dealt comfortably with balls hoisted into the box and the visitors in turn looked dangerous on the break. They confirmed this on 82 when a ball in from the left was side footed ever so easily past Hughes to make it 4 – 0, and to add salt in the wound so to speak a rare mistake by Cory Jones let in Hooper again in added time of 90 plus 3 to make it 5 -0 and a hope for better things to come against Guilsfield and onwards from that.

Gareth M Davies