News from the New Stadium

With several players suspended or unavailable Holyhead Hotspur manager Campbell Harrison had a most difficult task in naming a side for his team’s final game of a disappointing season campaign. However with a number of young players of just 16 and 17 blooded either from the start or from the bench for their senior debuts it was most encouraging to see them contribute well to an excellent 4 – 1 success against fellow strugglers Caersws. Hotspur had lost eight league fixtures on the bounce before this final game but after going behind to a disputed spot kick by Steve Blenkinsop early on, they battled hard to draw level through John Littlemore before the break. The visitors pressed hard after the interval but after weathering the storm aided by some fine Paul Pritchard saves took the lead from a spot kick of their own made and scored by John Littlemore. Tomos Clarke added a third while an own goal added a fourth to make it a comfortable win and a very welcome three points to end the season on.

Four young players made their senior debuts – full back David Williams (16) central defender Jordan Hughes (17) who both started while Casey Gregg (16) and replacement keeper Dan Williams (16) both came off the bench. Kyle Murphy (17) also came on as a sub while he and Robert Llewelyn Jones (17) who also started have played previously in the first team as has another reserve Kristian Dunne who started as left back.

Thus a most satisfactory end to the season with all those coming ino the side doing the club proud.

The visitors first attack saw Paul Pritchard completely miss kick the ball but the danger was eventually cleared. However on 7 Caersws took the lead when after Craig Harris was brought down the referee pointed to the spot despite Hotspur’s appeals that it was an infringement outside the box. Steve Blenkinsop slotted the ball home into the corner of the net. Holyhead responded and Alex Boss in on the right saw his shot saved by David Jones at his near post on 21. Tomos Clarke shot over from20 yards on 23 minutes but on 29 it was all square. A looping cross from the right evaded everyone in the box but as it reached the far stick a lurking John Littlemore raced in from the left and rifled the ball home low and hard into the far corner.   

Hotspur kept pushing forward and on 43 Jamie Mc Daid was free on the right but his goal bound shot was parried by keeper Jones at his near post and pushed away for a corner. Just before the break Alex Boss found John Littlemore in space but again keeper Jones did very well to come out and block the effort.
Half Time 1 -1.

Caersws on the front foot and Paul Pritchard made a good stop to his left to foil Rhydian Davies and on 54 Harris crossed to Blenkinsop who looked odds on to score only for Pritchard to make a superbsave.

The visitors continued to press hard and a Ryan Davies header was just wide on the hour. Then came the turning point in the match when an alert assistant referee overruled the referee when John Littlemore was fouled in the area on 65. The referee originally waving play on. The striker got up and dusted himself down and took the penalty which he placed in the corner despite keeper Jones’s best efforts 2 – 1. Ten minutes later it was all about Kenleigh Owen’s superb delivery from a free kick on the left which found Tomos Clarek at the far post who slotted home to make it 3 – 1. On 79 it was 4 -1 when a cross from the right saw Ryan Davies put though his own goal when he clashed with keeper Jones as they both went for the same ball.
Game over.

Gareth M Daviers