News from the New Stadium

Holyhead Hotspur will be hoping that their dismal second half of the season league form will go out of the window when en route to the Y Traeth to face Porthmadog in the quarter final of the Huws Gray League Cup on Wednesday evening 18th April kick off 7.30pm.

Campell Harrison’s men turned the form book upside down a week ago in knocking out well fancied Guilsfield in the first round and will want to continue in the same fashion at Port in the hope that 2017/18 can end in Cup glory!.

The latest league disappointment at Ruthin Town in the final away fixture by the odd goal in three saw a battling second half display after going two down just before the interval but although reducing the arrears through John Littlemore it was not enough to salvage a point.

All the first incident came five minutes prior to half time. Firstly Jordan McCarter struck the cross bar on 40 minutes, then a minute later Paul Pritchard saved superbly from a penalty only for Llyr Morris to notch his brace on 44 and 45 which effectively won the game for the hosts.

To their credit Hotspur enjoyed much more of the match in the second half with even manager Campbell Harrison himself coming on as a sub to try to liven things up and within a minute Hotspur pulled a goal back. The visitors came close again without the familiar lack of a cutting edge but so did the hosts and that is how it finished.

Both teams started with a number of regulars missing in depleted line ups and Ruthin started with a good lot of pressure. At the other end a good long throw by Reece Brown saw Hotspur’s Robert Llewelyn Jones almost get a touch past home keeper Ryan Goldston. The hosts had dictated play but Hotspur themselves were always looking to counter and it looked like first half stale mate until Jordan McCarter struck the bar following a quick turn and a rasping shot. A minute later the same player was brought down in the box and the kick from Llyr Morris was well saved by Paul Pritchard diving to his left and pushing the ball away to deny the home striker. However the relief was short lived as first Llyr Morris put the hosts in front on 44 after indecision in the away defence. On 45 a minute later a ball split the Hotspur back line and from 15 yards Llyr Morris made no mistake rifling a shot past Pritchard into the bottom corner Half Time 2 – 0.

The visitors pressed at the start of the second half and an Alex Jones header knockdown into the goal mouth was not taken advantage of. At the other end Garmon Hafal hit the side netting from a good position whilst Morris twice fluffed opportunities for his hat trick on 67 and 68. 

At this stage Campbell Harrison introduced himself and a minute later caused confusion in the home ranks and John Littlemore fired home. Both sides had further chances but Hotspur again unfortunately not forceful enough in front of goal, perhaps they are keeping it for next Wednesday!.