News from the New Stadium

Mike Kelly as Hotspur reserve manager took a large squad to Bro Goronwy last night for his first pre season match against last season’s second highest Gwynedd League club. All the squad had some playing time and this would have given Kelly and his assistants a good opportunity of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the squad.

In a highly competitive match the hosts won 3 -1 but the score line does not really reflect the balance of play. Changes to the starting line up for both sides in the second half made it a scrappy second stanza in sharp contrast to the first half when both sides seem to start with their favoured line ups.

After 5 minutes a great move down the right saw the ball crossed over and Robert Llewelyn Jones’s  header hitting the cross bar. On 20 minutes with a similar move Tom Scott’s shot beat the keeper at the far post to give Hotspur a well deserved lead.

It was nip and tuck then as Bro tried to get back in the game but Hotspur’s midfield and back line held out until on 38 minutes Bro’s Jack Thomas hit a  superb strike into the far corner of Hotspur’s goal beating keeper Dan Williams. It has to be said though that Dan saved Hotspur on a few occasions in that first half getting down several times to save shots from Bro’s strikers.

The second half was a scrappy affair with both teams having lost any real shape and Bro Goronwy got two goals to make it 3 -1 through Lee Griffiths and a late strike from Bro new signing Ross Evans.

I am sure Mike Kelly will have come away quite satisfied that his squad had put up a good showing against a stronger and more physical side and some really good performances were noted especially at the back and midfield.

The reserves next friendly is against Pentraeth Friday 13th with a 7.30pm kick off

Richard Parry