ALEX SHINES AT THE GLOBE!
A powerful headed goal from central defender Alex Jones was enough to give Holyhead Hotspur a well-earned and welcome three points at Buckley Town after a barren spell on the road taking Campbell Harrison’s team a couple of places up the Huws Gray Alliance table and keep their globeway opponents below them.
In truth the mid-table contest saw Hotspur squander a number of further chances which would have made it a more comfortable win for the visitors on a heavy pitch against the Flintshire hosts who have been in good form of late in contrast to Holyhead’s poor run.
The Holy Island visitors had enough opportunities to put the game to bed in the first half but lack of composure and good goalkeeping saw to it that the scoresheet remained blank at the halfway stage. The trend continued in the second period with Alex Jones’ free header from a Jamie Roberts corner not long after the restart the deciding factor, while the hosts also suffered from a lack of penetration up front when any chances occurred in their direction of which there were fewer.
Campbell Harrison and Assistant Darren Garmey will want their charges to build on the win in the final four games of the campaign three of which are at home beginning with the visit of this coming Saturday’s opponents Llanfair United 2.30 pm kick off who are fighting to stay up and should be a good contest.
Hotspur had two good opportunities to open their account early on – at five minutes Damian Ketley broke free into the box but couldn’t get enough of a connection and shot wide and a minute later fastened on to a ball through the middle but his shot was very well saved by keeper Ben Jones low down. Buckley’s Matty Roberts hit a free kick straight at Carl Jones at the other end on ten but Hotspur continued to press and on fourteen a neat interchange involving Corey Jones, Damian Ketley and a neat flick by Phil Williams set up Ryan Jones but a promising situation fizzled out. The hosts had a couple of efforts but nothing to trouble Carl Jones. On thirty six a poor clearance by the visitors but Jack Leamy in but he sliced horribly wide. On thirty eight Corey Jones slipped a fine ball to Ryan Jones but his goal bound effort was brilliantly saved to his left by Ben Jones, while a couple of minutes later Dean Garmey was denied by a last gasp clearance. Ketley was in with another chance three minutes from the interval but showed too much to the keeper who beat the striker to the ball. Just on half-time Leamy did well to find Dan Stanton but Jones saved well at the expense of a corner. (HT 0-0)
On fifty two Carl Jones got a good hand to deflect the ball but it came to sub Ryan Dunn who flashed over. Down the other end on fifty three came then breakthrough – Ketley set up Jamie Roberts whose shot was deflected for a corner on the left, Roberts flighted the flag kick into the goalmouth and Alex Jones rose above the rest to head firmly past Ben Jones to break the deadlock. Adam Eden shot wide on fifty six and then six minutes later another corner from Jamie Roberts reached Ketley who headed the wrong side of the post. On sixty four Garmey found Roberts with a fine pass down the right and the young star made inroads but Jones was again to the rescue with a fine stop. Hotspur had not built on the one goal although the hosts had not looked dangerous but on eighty five Eden was played in on the right but instead of finding a colleague in the goalmouth chose the wrong option and tested the side netting! On eighty eight Roberts played the ball across the goalmouth to Ketley but got his feet tied up and missed an open goal which summed up his afternoon, but the one goal was enough.
Gareth M Davies