Holyhead Hotspur were full value for their three points against a good Conwy outfit who although 3-0 down (after enjoying much of the play) on the hour would not lie down and came near to snatching a point, the hosts down to 10 men for the final 20 minutes after Mel McGinness was sent off for violent conduct! However, it would have been tough on Hotspur who after a slow start executed two quality goals in three minutes via Gareth Jones-Evans and Julian Williams which effectively won the game while a second from Williams on the hour seemed to make it safe! The Musslemen reduced the arrears with a spot kick on 66 minutes followed by the dismissal a few minutes later which put pressure on Campbell Harrisonsï¿½ men, but good teamwork and resilient defending restricted the men in tangerine to a long range effort in off the post with a few minutes to go and held out for maximum points.
Harrison and Assistant Darren Garmey will have been pleased with the all-round effort of the team despite the late scare and as a fourth game between the two clubs this season which includes two cup ties it levels off the ï¿½seriesï¿½ two wins each ï¿½ a league win and cup tie apiece!
Hotspur win sets up nicely the Huws Gray Alliance League Cup Quart Final tie with old rivals Caernarfon Town next Saturday (3 Jan) at the New Stadium 2.30 pm kick off, games between the two towns historically attracting good crowds.
After a nip & tuck start Conwy began to make the early running and were near a couple of times before the danger was cleared. Hotspur had been slow to settle as Aaron Rey and Michael Thompson went close on 21 the visitors even closer after a cross from the left saw Jack Robertsï¿½ shot strike the outside of the upright. Hotspur got going putting Borough under pressure and on 23 a corner on the left by Gareth Jones-Evans eventually reached Julian Williams whose goal bound shot saw keeper Louie Mackin stick out a foot brilliantly to deflect the ball away. It was a well contested game but on 30 mins came a goal which lit up the cold afternoon ï¿½ A free kick from all of 30 yards was superbly struck by Gareth Jones-Evans giving Mackin no chance curling into the top corner (memorable). A minute later Mel McGinness was just over, on 33 the crowd witnessed another strike of quality ï¿½ A well flighted free kick by Kenleigh Owen from the right into the goalmouth saw Williams produce a perfect glancing header past Mackin for a 2-0 lead which stunned the visitors who had enjoyed a good share of the game without being clinical. Holyhead full of confidence now and Williams almost in on 44. Half time 2-0.
Holyhead started with a bang and Williams hot whistled past, Conwy who played neat football always a threat and Phil Clark with a free kick just over on 50, on 59 Williams well deserved second being alert to intercept a poor pass back by Jack Pickering to his keeper and slotting home 3-0. Gareth Jones-Evans twice came close with his efforts. On 66 Conwy found way back into the game ï¿½ A high ball into goalmouth not grasped by Elliott Smith in for suspended Carl Jones, ball running loose and impeded striker trying to take advantage ï¿½ Penalty converted by Leon Williams. On 68 Kenleigh Owen injured in a bad challenge ï¿½ visitors offender had a yellow but Mel McGinness shown a red after ref consulted Assistant for something during the incident! Conwy sensed a chance but sub Phil Doranï¿½s 25 yarder off the post best they could muster.
Gareth M Davies