THE number 13 was certainly not unlucky for Holyhead Hotspur after they made it a bakers dozen straight victories in all competitions with a 4-2 success at Llandudno Junction on Saturday, writes Gareth Davies.
However, far more importantly for Emlyn Manley Williams side, they regained top spot in Welsh Alliance League Division One due to previous leaders Holywell Towns loss to Caernarfon Town.
Goals from Alex Jones (2), Mike Edwards and Mel McGinness secured an eighth league win on the bounce for the Harbourmen at the expense of a battling Junction outfit who were very much in the contest at half time when it stood 3-2 to the visitors.
The next goal in the match was to be crucial and it would have gone to the Railwaymen but for a superb save by Ben Heald from Charlie Kemp with 20 minutes left.
Soon after Jones restored Holyheads two-goal advantage and that doused any fire Junction may have had left. Indeed, the islanders could have added to their tally before the end.
Having lost 2-0 at home to Hotspur in the FAW Trophy the previous Saturday, Junction came out all guns blazing in pursuit of revenge and a Joel Hewitt header from a Jamie Jones cross almost gave them an early lead.
Hotspur responded, however, and on nine minutes edged ahead. A corner from the left by McGinness was cleared to the edge of the box where Mike Edwards fired home a perfectly-placed shot.
It was 2-0 after 13 minutes when Tom Nathan Edwards, switched to centre-half in the absence of Gareth Owen, met a corner with his head and Jones was there to nod in.
Heald was well-placed to save from Jamie Jones before the Railwaymen halved the deficit on 26 minutes when Dwyfor Williams netted with a fine free-kick from just outside the area.
Like all good sides, however, Holyhead managed to reply instantly when Mike Edwards broke down the left and his cross to the far post was headed back across the keeper by Mel McGinness, who celebrated his 14th goal of the season.
Home keeper Joe Welsh denied Asa Thomas twice and Chris Saxon shot just wide after good play from Dan McGinness and Mel McGinness, but Junction were not finished and just before the break Danny Jones shot deflected past Heald to make it 3-2 at the turnaround.
Early in the second stanza Kenleigh Owen and Jon Peris Jones had efforts blocked, while Jamie Jones saw his strike well smothered by Hotspur defender Richard Owen.
It was end-to-end before Kemps header from a Luke Fountain delivery looked a goal all the way but Heald pulled off a fabulous tip over.
Then on 79 minutes Hotspur all but sealed the spoils when Jones rose highest to head in McGinness corner from the left.
That knocked the stuffing out of the hosts and in the closing minutes Holyhead substitute Dion Donohue, a recent signing from Bodedern Athletic, fired just past the post after a fine run.
Luke Roberts and Richard Owen also went close before the visitors were denied a blatant penalty when Mel McGinness was brought down in the area.