HOTSPUR BITTEN BY THE BEAST
A goal just after the hour by Caernarfon Town striker Steve Lewis known as the ï¿½beastï¿½ was enough to decide a passionate encounter between two old rivals on Tuesday evening before a crowd of 328 at Hotspurï¿½s 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 ï¿½ 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 Harrisonï¿½s 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