Carl and Spurs frustrate Canaries
Holyhead Hotspur denied Caernarfon Town three points that the hosts were desperate to obtain so as to keep in touch with league leaders Llandudno at the Oval.
In a match played in a highly competitive spirit as one would expect from such old rivals Campbell Harrison’s team frustrated Caernarfon with some terrific defending at the back while always looking capable of producing something at the other end of the pitch. Towards the close the Cofis threw everything bar the kitchen sink at the Harbourmen to get a vital win but the Hotspur defence and ‘man of the match’ keeper Carl Jones in particular were superb in denying the home team who fell further behind in the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance Championship stakes what with Llandudno’s 1-0 success over Porthmadog. While Caernarfon boss Lee Dixon will feel his team should have won from the amount of pressure they applied. In contrast Campbell Harrison must feel highly delighted with the display of his own men and the way they performed, throughout in such a resolute and skilful manner against a good side.
Hotspur will continue on stage three of the successive games on tour with 280 miles round trip to Llandrindod Wells next Saturday and another top class performance like this will push them further up the table. This game should also see the return to the Hotspur squad of midfielder Jay Gibbs who has returned to his home town club from Caernarfon Town this week.
First half saw Darren Thomas shoot just wide on 3, while Alex Jones headed straight at Paul Pritchard on 5. On 20 Caernarfon Town corner on the right saw Gareth Edwards put a free header wide (good chance), Hotspur on back foot but on 26 Kenleigh Owen good effort stopped by Pritchard and on 29 good ball found Julian Williams to Gareth Jones Evans who went for placement and shot just wide. Steve Lewis long distance effort wide on 34 and them same player almost got Ywain Gwynedd in on 38. Home pressure before the break but couldn’t get a clear cut opening despite a number of corners due to good defending (HT 0-0). On 49 from a Kenleigh Owen free kick Rhys Roberts sent the ball just over while at the other end Darren Thomas headed into danger area and the ball came back to Ywain Gwynedd whose shot hit the post. Carl Jones was performing good clearances from crosses with strong hands.
Hotspur always looked menacing on the break and Kenleigh Owen shot over on 65, and on 72 Mike Edwards hit a shot at pace but straight at Pritchard. Hotspur now defending as home team pushed forward looking for important winning goal, however on 83 Rhys Roberts header from a corner showed they had to be careful at the back. The hosts were now throwing everything at Hotspur who were making some great blocks – the back four outstanding while the effervescent Carl Jones was producing some outstanding saves as last line of defence one in particular from Gareth Edwards and another from sub Carl Owen brilliant – now like ‘The Alamo’ and referee added 7 minutes to the 90 but this occasion it was ‘never say die’ Hotspur who deserved their point.
Gareth M Davies