The keenly awaited game with old rivals Caernarfon Town last Tuesday evening did not disappoint and was a cracking encounter with a draw about right. Hotspur had the greater part of the first half with Jay Gibbs and Kenleigh Owen going close to giving us the lead. However, Campbell’s men did make the breakthrough just two minutes after the re-start. Jay Gibbs did great work getting to the by-line on the right of goal and crossing into Mel McGinness who slid it into the goalmouth where Mike Edwards steaming in knocked the ball home just inside the near post.
The Canaries responded pushing Hotspur back and drew level on 54 – A long throw in by Jordan Barrow was not really cleared, the ball coming out to Darren Thomas who shot home from just inside the penalty area despite Hotspur defenders doing their best to keep the ball out. Both sides went close to earning the three points – Jay Gibbs for Hotspur after a weaving run hit inches the wrong side of the post while Caernarfon via Darren Thomas struck the underside of the bar two minutes into added on time. One feels both camps would have settled for a share of the spoils. In a game which was a credit to the league.
With Gareth Owen suspended and Rhys Roberts recovering from his hamstring injury, Michael Luke Roberts joined Alex Jones at the heart of the defence and did a fine job, showing he will be an important part of the future of this club who have come through the ranks.
The only disappointment of the night was the attendance of just 84 of which one has to say it, nearly half of these were from Caernarfon!! We all know about the counter attraction on the box which are destroying local football, but surely Holyhead can do better than that in an encounter that has traditionally attracted the biggest gate of the season! With four games to go and perhaps just pride to play for this also may have been the problem. A pity then that we didn’t enter the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup which quite likely Hotspur may at this point have still been involved in? The answer is always about money and it is devalued. The only devalued thing about it is that we the clubs are doing that by ‘not’ entering the competition. Is it time for a rethink on this one and perhaps ask the players. This may not be the voice of the club but I know it is the opinion of many supporters who should be of course the lifeblood of any football club.