HOTSPUR BATTLERS WELL TO THE FORE!
Holyhead Hotspur’s good run of results continued with a cracking 4-2 success over one of the favourites to top the Huws Gray Alliance come the end of the season and make a quick return to the Welsh Premier. However, Campbell Harrison’s side have shown they are made of stern stuff this season and this latest result confirms it, showing plenty of character while excellent team spirit runs right through the side.
Hotspur had gone into a two goal lead by the first minute of the second period via Damian Ketley who converted a pass by Jamie Roberts this after Roberts had put the hosts ahead early on, Ketley then the provider. Despite this the visitors who had missed a first half penalty Carl Jones again excelling in the home goal then went to hold sway for the next twenty five minutes fighting back to draw level through a Mike Parker brace and threaten more, they reckoned without that man Ketley however involved with all four goals earning a spot kick for Kenleigh Owen to put Hotspur ahead again while he notched his second to put his side out of reach.
There were one or two heated incidents in the game mainly on the touchline but the game itself was a credit to the league deserving of a much bigger Holyhead following with Hotspur now up to second place. Hotspur continues on Wednesday evening in a Word cup second round tie at home to Denbigh Town and this weekend are hosts to Pentraeth in the first round of the Welsh Cup 2.30 pm kick off.
Hotspur started well and from a corner on the right by Kenleigh Owen there was a big scramble near the Prestatyn goal-line as the visitors struggled to clear. However, on 8 minutes Holyhead scored one of the best goals seen at the New Stadium for many a day – Dean Garmey on the right found Mike Edwards on the left with a superb cross field pass, Edwards made ground producing a fine cross into the danger area finding the head of Damian Ketley who nodded back into the path of Jamie Roberts who swept the ball home. Straight down the other end Carl Jones had to make a stunning reflex save to deny Mike Parker and another excellent stop from Dave Hayes just after. It had turned into a lively entertaining affair and Hotspur almost made it two on 24, Ketley into Dean Garmey whose fine shot saw Roberts just failing to get a vital connection. Nip + tuck and on 35 Owen to Edwards who’s low effort was pushed away by Michael Jones. However, on 38 Owen was adjudged to have fouled Jordan Davies in the area, only for Carl Jones to save the spot kick in great style to his right via Mike Parker. (Half time 1-0)
The first minute of the second half Hotspur caught Prestatyn cold – Jamie Roberts down the left skipped past his marker and crossed hard and low into the goalmouth and Damian Ketley steaming in smashed the ball home low past Michael Jones. This stunned the visitors into action putting pressure on the home defence and on 53 pulled a goal back, a free kick on the left by Jack Lewis was headed into the goalmouth by Hayes and Parker nodded home. Hotspur broke on 56 Edwards to Phil Williams who put a good chance over. Lee Beatti in clear for Prestatyn but Carl Jones out quickly to save at his left. On 72 Prestatyn got level a free kick by Chris Davies was headed home at the far post by the dangerous Parker. Chances at both ends Davies for Prestatyn and Ketley for Holyhead but three minutes later Hotspur regained the lead when the ever threatening Ketley was brought down in the penalty area and Kenleigh Owen made no mistake from the spot. A fine encounter was still wide open, but on 83 Holyhead put a two goal margin between the teams again – Mike Kelly’s fine ball through the defence finding the rampaging Ketley who outstripped the defence and sent a fine shot wide of the keeper. Carl Jones good save from Davies and Ryan Jones denied by Mike Jones.
Gareth M Davies