HOTSPUR BACK DOWN TO EARTH!
Following two impressive wins scoring four times against Rhayader Town and Prestatyn Town in the process, the boot was on the other foot so to speak in the second round of the Word Cup against Denbigh Town when this time around Campbell Harrisonï¿½s team were soundly beaten as they in turn conceded four to an impressive Denbigh outfit at the New Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The fact that Hotspur were hardly at their best did not help matters with their usually tight defence exposed on numerous occasions by a slick team who posed problems all night for the Hotspur defence with their pace and guile.
Hotspur did have chances notably in the first half and an effort cleared off the line in the second, however the visitors one up at the break turned on the gas after half time adding three more which could have been even more towards the end as they pressed home their advantage.
The hosts have early chances to put this behind them starting this weekend when Welsh Alliance second division club Pentraeth visit the New Stadium for a Welsh Cup first round tie, while on Tuesday evening Hotspur visit Conwy Borough in a Huws Gray Alliance fixture.
Denbigh made the early running but it was Jamie Roberts for Holyhead who had the first real chance shooting inches wide after a good run on 16, while Dean Garmey hit the side netting on 24. However, Denbigh looking sharp eventually took the lead on 28, Kristian Pierce picked up a long ball down the middle and although having close attention from two defenders outstripped them both and shot low past the advancing Carl Jones for a well taken goal. Just after a cross from Jack Abraham saw Carl Lamb strikes the bar with a header. After Damian Ketley tried a long effort from distance Jones came to Hotspurï¿½s rescue producing a good block from Anthony Dunleavy. Denbighï¿½s pacey front runners were causing problems especially on the flanks, although Holyhead were still trying to great openings. (HT 0-1)
On 50 Kenleigh Owen good cross from the left just evaded the incoming Ketley in the goalmouth, but the visitors began to assert themselves again and on 65 went two up Carl Lamb finishing a fine three man move which began on the left. It was 0-3 five minutes later Lamb involved again crossing a dangerous ball from the right into the goalmouth where Dewi Thomas inadvertently turned it into his own net in trying to clear. Hotspur flurry and Denbigh had to clear a header off the line while Harrison put three subs on to try and retrieve what was now damage limitation until sub Sam Jones added a fourth following a pass by Pierce. Hotspur could not be faulted for their effort but the visitors looking far more value denied by Carl Jones towards the end.
Gareth M Davies