STALEMATE AT NEW STADIUM
Holyhead Hotspur and old rivals Caernarfon Town couldn’t find a goal between them on Saturday to please either set of supporters in a 366 crowd, but both managers would possibly settle for a point if pressed in a tightly fought encounter that saw both defences prevail with very few clear cut chances at either end, the two teams cancelling each other out. The first half saw Hotspur have the advantage of a very strong wind but failed to test Caernarfon Town keeper Paul Pritchard together with far too many over hit passes. The second period would see the wind suddenly subsiding and conditions equal for both sides the visitors having the better of the exchanges bringing Hotspur keeper Carl Jones far more into the action but unable to make the breakthrough although Kevin Lloyd had the best chance of the game with just five minutes remaining but shot inches the wrong side of the upright.
Campbell Harrison’s men will travel to Denbigh Town on Friday night 8pm kick off to face one of the most improved teams in the Huws Gray Alliance but well capable of coming home with something to push Hotspur up the league.
The first incident of note on 7th minute saw Dewi Thomas make a strong run into the visitor’s penalty box but just failed to get his shot away as Hotspur enjoyed the early play but were not testing the keeper. The conditions were making the play scrappy and it was 22 minutes before Caernarfon had their first chance when a cross from the left by Nathan Craig found Jamie McDaid who couldn’t get enough on the ball and Carl Jones saved by the post. Kenleigh Owen shot straight at Pritchard on 32 while a minute later Phil Williams snapshot after good work from Damian Ketley and Mike Kelly was not far away. On 43 good work by McDaid found Ellis Healing who tested Jones (HT 0-0).
Hotspur started on front foot and Ketley just failing to get good contact from Kenleigh Owen’s cross while Mike Kelly’s effort from the right was just over the bar. The offside flag denied Hotspur in good positions but the visitors began to assert themselves and Carl Jones did well to push away an effort from the left by Rob Jones while Dean Garmey cleared after a scramble in the home box. Healing shot straight at Jones while at the other end Dewi Thomas broke through but his strong shot was only inches over. A free kick from 25 yards by former ‘Spur’ Jay Gibbs was too close for comfort on 74, while Alex Jones and Kenleigh Owen came to the rescue at the back to deny the visitors. Hotspur kept plugging away but Caernarfon went the closest yet on 85 – Nathan Craig’s low and hard inviting cross from the left saw sub Kevin Lloyd’s first time shot squeeze just the wrong side of the upright. The final chance of the game came to Gareth Edwards who headed just over in added on time.
Gareth M Davies