HOTSPUR LACKING SPARK
Following last week’s dismal display at Holywell Town Campbell Harrison’s team gave an improved performance at Porthmadog but again came home with nothing, lacking a cutting edge up front despite coming close to getting on the scoresheet, although it has to be said the hosts missed a number of good opportunities to have added to Gruff John William’s goal scored in added time of the first half. Just before the goal both sides had near misses while the second period saw Porthmadog continue to waste chances but Hotspur also had a header cleared off the line, a good shout for a penalty and the crossbar in the way, which could have made a difference to the score line.
With five games left on the league fixture list, Flint Town United at home this coming weekend 2.30 pm kick off followed by Buckley Town away, Llanfair United home, Caersws away and the final match of the season at home to Guilsfield on Saturday23rd April. Hotspur want to finish with a bit of a flourish to push up the table from the present position of tenth.
It took most of the first half before anything of real note happened and it was the 40th minute when the game really sprang to life. A fine Port move saw the ball move to Jamie McDaid on the right in a promising situation only for Kenleigh Owen to make a fine tackle to prevent the danger. Just after an excellent home move down the left saw Rob Evans searching cross reach Asa Hamilton in front of a gaping goal but he shot tamely at Carl Jones. Straight down the other end Ryan Jones delivered a fine ball from the left into the far post where Jamie Roberts shot inches the wrong side of the upright. Then in first half stoppage time a well-developed Porthmadog move saw Cai Jones denied by a fine save with his legs from Carl Jones the ball coming out to Gruff John Williams who took the ball on to shoot low past the keeper. HT 1-0
The second period was only minutes old when Port produced a slick opening letting in Hamilton but he sliced wide of the far post. Minutes later Hotspur’s defence allowed the same striker to break through one on one but lost control and ball was cleared. On 53 Damian Ketley broke through but it was eventually cleared for a corner and from Kenleigh Owen’s flag kick Alex Jones’ header was cleared off the line. Just after the ball was put into the Port area and there were loud claims for a spot kick as the keeper Paul Whitfield came out but the official waved them away. This had been Hotspur’s best spell and on 75 Jamie Roberts on the left did very well to get a cross in and Phil Williams got a good head to the ball which hit the crossbar and over. The hosts survived this spell and began to regain control and on 87 should really have made it safe as sub Josh Davies rounded keeper Jones but with the open goal at his mercy somehow shot wide.
Gareth M Davies