WELLS SUNK BY SPURS!
Holyhead Hotspur continued their push on the higher echelons of the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance grinding out another three points at long distance opponents Llandrindod Wells, the 280 mile round trip the most the club have undertaken in ‘League’ football during their 25 year history.
It may not have been one of their best performances of the campaign but still far too good against opponents who put in a good shift keeping the game goalless at the break, however Holyhead’s class told in the second period courtesy of goals from Kenleigh Owen’s ‘knee reaction’ and Jay Gibbs announcing a return to his home town club in style with a second after rattling the crossbar in the first half, which ensured the three points and could have been more emphatic before the end.
Manager Campbell Harrison was pleased his players put in another good collective performance solid at the back, enterprising in midfield and always threatening up front and will look forward with confidence to this weekend’s visit of basement club Rhydymwyn 2.30 pm kick off the first home game of the month.
The hosts started the better and Ben Jones’ effort tested Carl Jones, but Holyhead began to settle after the near four hour journey and after Kenleigh Owen was fouled Gareth Jones-Evans shot also brought ‘well’ keeper Joe Prosser into action. On 11 Julian Williams on left was fouled and from Kenleigh Owen’s resultant free kick Rhys Roberts at the far post headed just over from a difficult angle. On 15 Gareth Jones-Evans in but keeper out quickly with Ryan Jones lurking. Although Holyhead Hotspur were pressing Llandrindod were also working hard but on 25 Ryan Jones to Gareth Jones-Evans whose crisp shot was turned away by the keeper for a corner. On 30 a Mike Kelly cross from the right was missed by the keeper but also by everyone else, while at the other end Johnny Williams was not far away for the hosts. After Julian Williams and Kenleigh Owen went close Gibbs rattled the crossbar with a trademark effort on 37. Llandrindod were enjoying some decent periods of possession but Holyhead’s defence were streetwise to any difficult situations and Carl Jones alive to anything that which may have caused problems. HT 0-0.
Straight after resumption Kenleigh Owen just wide but a minute later the home team showed why they have faced difficulty getting on the score sheet during the campaign, Rob Nicholls found himself free on Holyhead’s defence to the right and in on goal but lacked composure blazing a very decent chance over the bar. The hosts were to rue the missed opportunity on 53 – a corner on the left was headed goal wards by Julian Williams and Kenleigh Owen showed quick reactions to ‘knee’ the ball home. Gareth Jones-Evans was just wide on 57 as Holyhead were turning the screw and after a succession of corners Gibbs riffled just past on the hour. Five minutes later (65) Holyhead’s pressure eventually saw an important second for the visitors – Gareth Jones-Evans flag kick on the right found Prosser in difficulty and Rhys Roberts kept the momentum alive back to Jay Gibbs who drilled low and hard into the net. Holyhead now in control, Phil Williams almost making it three but to be fair Llandrindod who according to their officials produced their best display in weeks were always competitive and on 75 Nicholls again in a promising situation fluffed his lines as did Richard Powell with a half-chance on 80, while for Holyhead Hotspur Ryan Jones, Mike Kelly and Kenleigh Owen went close to adding to the score – Job done.
Gareth M Davies