Port look­ing for re­turn to win­ning ways

Caernarfon Herald - - SPORT - Foot­ball: Huws Gray Al­liance

PORTH­MADOG travel to Holy­head Hot­spur tonight (Wed­nes­day) seek­ing a re­turn to win­ning ways in the Huws Gray Al­liance League.

Craig Papirnyk’s side had high hopes of be­com­ing the first team to dent Air­bus Broughton’s 100% record at Y Traeth last week­end, but ended up 2-1 losers at the hands of the Wing­mak­ers, who made it a mag­nif­i­cent seven straight wins.

Next up are Hot­spur, who beat Port 3-0 last sea­son. The game will see the Traeth men up against former striker Jamie McDaid, while Port play­ers Jay Gibbs and Ryan Tay­lor will be fac­ing their old club.

Holy­head are one off the bot­tom with just one league win in six at­tempts, but their re­cent per­for­mances have been much im­proved and in­clude an away win to knock out Huws Gray Cup hold­ers Flint.

Last Satur­day’s game at Y Traeth saw Air­bus take a 36th minute lead when home keeper Paul Pritchard failed to hold a Joe Palmer shot and former Port striker Asa Hamil­ton turned in the re­bound.

The hosts al­most equalised early in the sec­ond half when Josh Banks cut in­side from the left and un­leashed an an­gled shot which flew inches over the bar.

Just be­fore the hour, Dale Davies lev­elled the scores.

Gibbs’ cor­ner cre­ated a mo­ment of panic in the Air­bus rear­guard and Gruff John’s header was scram­bled off the line, but only as far as Davies, who drilled past keeper Dave Roberts at the near post.

The all-im­por­tant win­ning goal again came when there seemed lit­tle real threat.

In the 80th minute Air­bus sub­sti­tute James Hooper took ad­van­tage of a mo­ment’s hes­i­ta­tion in the Port de­fence, fas­ten­ing onto a loose ball to break for­ward to the edge of the box and fir­ing a qual­ity shot be­yond Pritchard’s left hand into the net.

De­spite the re­sult, home boss Papirnyk was proud of his team’s ef­fort, stat­ing: “I thought the lads played some of the best foot­ball I’ve seen and their per­for­mance de­served more than the re­sult they got. Credit to Air­bus, they are a strong and ex­pe­ri­enced side who will take some stop­ping.”

● Craig Papirnyk

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