Match Report 8th March 2016 Holyhead Hotspur 3-0 Conwy Borough
HOTSPUR’S FINE TREBLE
Holyhead Hotspur made it an impressive two back to back wins in five days against visitors Conwy Borough on Tuesday evening at the New Stadium with an emphatic 3-0 score line, carrying on where they left off from Friday night’s 5-4 thrilling win over Denbigh Town. The previous victory certainly gave Campbell Harrison’s men plenty of confidence and self belied which they carried through right from the start against the Musslemen. Hotspur were a goal to the good in the first half after superb wing play from Ryan Jones which resulted in Damian Ketley ending his recent goal drought converting the pacey winger’s run and cross. The visitors were a sprightly bunch in an open encounter but who came up against a dominant Hotspur rear-guard who gave nothing away.
Holyhead improved their advantage on the hour via Kenleigh Owen who unleashed a 20 yard screamer from the right past keeper John Lynch. Owen then scored his sides third and Owen third in two games with another terrific strike into the far corner from a free kick just outside the box a minute from the end to put the icing on the cake.
It will put Hotspur in good heart for the difficult trip to Holywell Town this coming Saturday (2.30 pm kick off) but in this type of form it should prove an interesting contest.
Before another sparse crowd Hotspur started on the front foot with Dean Garmey testing keeper John Lynch on 7. It was developing into an open game played at good tempo (which always suits Hotspur) with both sides enjoying periods of pressure Joe Chaplin firing wide on 15 for Conwy and Damian Ketley heading just past the upright from a cross by Mike Kelly four minutes later. On 25 Hotspur took the lead – Ryan Jones on the left went on a blistering run down the left touchline with an amazing turn of speed from the halfway line and along the by-line to cross perfectly for Damian Ketley who wasted no time to rifle low past Lynch. On 31 Chris Rowntree to Derek Taylor who could not get enough on the ball and Carl Jones in Hotspur’s goal gathered well. A good spell from Conwy followed and it needed Alex Jones to get in a great block to deny Josh Dures on 40 while Lee Davey broke through but shot straight at Jones. (HT 1-0)
Nip & Tuck start of second period with Mark Beech just over for Conwy while Jamie Roberts found Ryan Jones who also cleared the bar on 50. Dean Garmey then spotted an opportunity with a run which finished with him rattling the top of the bar on 55. The influential Garmey then found Ryan Jones on the left who did well to put Roberts into the penalty area and his effort at pace was deflected well onto the bar by Lynch and away. Hotspur went two up on the hour – a corner on the right by Kenleigh Owen eventually found its way back to him and moving infield he unleashed a super strike from about 20 yards which fairly zipped past the keeper. The visitors to be fair never gave up their efforts to get back into the game and Lee Davey was not far away on 65 but Holyhead were always dangerous with their pacey attacks and from a corner on the right Alex Jones’ header had to be tipped around the post by Lynch on 81. The home defence was holding firm any Borough threats and with a minute to go it was game, set and match. Young Jack Griffiths on for the final 20 minutes chased a long ball into the box and to his credit kept going forcing the out rushing Lynch to bring him down just outside the area. From the free kick Owen hammered the ball with clinical accuracy into the far corner. A fine couple of home wins on the bounce watched by a pitiful combined total of 114 for both games. Maybe not the best of weather but they say Holyhead is a football town – sometimes that needs to be convinced!!!
Gareth M Davies