Campbell Harrison’s team are certainly ending the season with a flourish after recording their third win in succession (including a second on the road) at Mid-Wales Caersws. Hotspur fully deserved the three points against the Bluebirds via a Jamie Roberts strike five minutes before the break which could have been improved on in the second period but Kenleigh Owen’s spot kick was saved by home keeper Phil Draper. The hosts who also had their moments including striking a post are struggling to avoid the drop out of the Huws Gray Alliance and with Hotspur only holding a one goal advantage upped the tempo towards the end in the hope of salvaging something out of the game but the visitors held them firm to quell a late siege. Holyhead’s Corey Jones who had been booked ten minutes earlier received a second yellow late on as the referee somehow found an extra seven minutes of added on time with even the home keeper joining in the outfield play but a resolute Hotspur team who gave an excellent all round performance were in no mood to surrender.
The encouraging three recent results will put the team in good heart for the remaining two games of the season both of which are at home against Guilsfield this Saturday 2 pm kick off and Flint Town United on Bank Holiday Monday at 2.30 pm kick off.
Nip and tuck in the early stages but on 9 a free kick by Kenleigh Owen flew inches past the upright. Just after on 13 a fine move involving a number of players eventually found Ryan Jones but his shot lacked the power to trouble keeper Phil Draper. However, a few minutes later at the other end striker Will Thomas did well on the right forcing through to finish with a shot striking the near post although failing to see a teammate better positioned in the goalmouth. Thomas looked lively up front and Carl Jones had to move swiftly out of goal to prevent danger.
Mark Griffiths for Caersws then broke through but was brought down by Alex Jones who was booked – Thomas bent the free kick just over the target. Then came a flurry at both ends – on 38 a cross by Ryan Jones reached Jamie Roberts who fired in a decent effort but Draper saved well – a minute later the home side’s Ian Probert tested Carl Jones into a smart stop, but back again a minute later (40) Hotspur took the lead. The ball was worked out to Damian Ketley on the right whose fine low cross at pace was deflected into the path of Jamie Roberts lurking near the far post who wasted no time in rifling home past Draper. Two minutes from the break Owen’s free kick was not a million miles away. (HT 0-1)
Just after the resumption Ketley brought two good stops from Draper as Hotspur looked for the all-important second goal, and they had a great opportunity on 58. The lively Ketley beat his defenders but was brought down for a blatant penalty, but Owen’s spot kick was well saved to the keepers’ right as he dived full length to turn it away. Caersws took heart and Thomas and Elliott both had half chances. The hosts then made a double substitution on 65 to try and change things as chances at both ends came to Dewi Thomas and Jolyon Harries. Tackles were coming in thick and fast and Hotspur’s Brendun Hogan had to go off injured. Mark Griffiths was then really close as the referee began to dish out cards at random. With Caersws pushing everyone forward and Keeper Draper turning into an outfield player an overzealous tackle by Corey Jones who was booked 10 minutes earlier resulted in a second yellow and an early bath. All hands to the pump but Hotspur held out for a well-earned 3 points.
Gareth M Davies