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24.03.2015 at 19:30 Attendance: 328
Holyhead Hotspur 0 - 1 Caernarfon Town

None. Steve Lewis 61
Starting line-ups
Carl Jones
Alex Jones
Mike Edwards
Kenleigh Owen
Dan McGinness
Phil Williams
Mike Kelly
Dean Garmey
Jay Gibbs
Mel McGinness
Rhys Roberts
Paul Pritchard
Steve Kehoe
Nathan Craig
Gareth Edwards
Graham Austin
Alex Jones
Kevin Roberts
Jamie McDaid
Steve Lewis
Darren Thomas
Chris Williams
Gareth Parry
Ryan Jones
Julian Williams
Leon Newell
No subs on the bench
Julian Williams -> Mel McGinness
Leon Newell -> Mike Kelly
Ryan Jones -> Kenleigh Owen
Yellow cards
None. None
Red cards
None. None
Match report

A goal just after the hour by Caernarfon Town striker Steve Lewis known as the �beast� was enough to decide a passionate encounter between two old rivals on Tuesday evening before a crowd of 328 at Hotspur�s New Stadium venue, as one might expect the two sides never gave an inch with defences so dominant neither keeper was overworked while the game played at a hectic pace could have done with some more composure and thought which may have paid dividends in the final third. The first 45 minutes saw very few clear cut chances, Mel McGinness on 19 blazing over after good work from Mike Kelly on the right. While a good break down the right by Darren Thomas saw Steve Lewis head just wide for the canaries. However, both Alex Jones of Hotspur and eventual match winner Lewis both escaped with a yellow when it could have been an early bath from separate incidents.

The second half would see the visitors take the lead on 61 minutes � a corner on the right by Nathan Craig into the crowded goalmouth saw Lewis quickest to react and fire instinctively past Carl Jones from close range. Holyhead responded and three minutes later the industrious Jay Gibbs was most unlucky to see his stinging 20 yard drive rattle the inside of the upright and rebound to safety. The hosts were to be denied again on 82 when a corner on the left by Gibbs found the head of sub Julian Williams who found the bottom corner but the referee harshly disallowed it for a so called infringement in the area! The visitors had closed down Hotspur well in the second period but Campbell Harrison�s side could claim with some justification that they deserved a share of the spoils while this result still left Llandudno needing a point to clinch the championship and a tilt at the Welsh Premier next season.

After a draw and a defeat in the last two home games Holyhead Hotspur will be keen to make amends and finish their home programme with a win against Denbigh Town this coming Saturday 2.30 in the battle for 4th place which also involves Caersws and Buckley Town who Holyhead visit on 4th April (Easter Saturday) the last game of the season.

Gareth M Davies