Littlemore at the double to secure a draw
CAMPBELL HARRISON’S men left it very late to rescue a point against Gresford Athletic as they warmed up for two knockout competitions in quick succession, writes Gareth Davies.
John Littlemore forced home the second of his brace in the 90th minute to seal a 2-2 draw at home with Gresford Athletic on Saturday and keep the islanders in fifth place in the Huws Gray Alliance standings.
Gresford had taken a two-goal lead into the interval and were well worth their advantage as Hotspur struggled to get a foothold in the game. Owen Roberts made the most of a defensive slip putting the Clappers Lane outfit into an early lead which was added to in the dying embers of the first half via an own goal, although Jack Chaloner may claim it.
Harrison who was less than impressed to put it mildly with his team’s opening half performance read the riot act and the hosts came out with much more energy which was lacking in the first period and put much pressure on the visitors’ rearguard which eventually paid off although Gresford still created problems.
Littlemore reduced the arrears on 57 however it took a great block by keeper Paul Pritchard to prevent the visitors restoring their two-goal advantage and thus eventually enabling Littlemore to draw his side level at the death.
A late reprieve for Holyhead, but there was still time at the other end for the visitors and Pritchard needed to be alert to tip a rasping Gresford shot over the top to ensure the draw.
After last night’s MG Nathanial Cup tie at home to Caernarfon Town, Hotspur travel to Denbigh Town (2.30pm) on Saturday for their Welsh Cup first round encounter.