Con­tro­ver­sial lev­eller de­nies Har­bour­men

Bangor Mail - - SPORT -

HOLY­HEAD Hot­spur will look to get their home cam­paign off to a win­ning start when they wel­come Holy­well Town to the New Sta­dium this Satur­day (2.30pm), re­ports Gareth Davies.

The Har­bour­men kicked off the sea­son with a 1-1 draw at Buck­ley Town last week­end.

Holy­head took the lead af­ter 10 min­utes when Bucks keep­erBen Roberts failed to get enough pur­chase on a clear­ance and a com­posed Mike Kelly sent a crack­ing vol­ley into the cor­ner from out­side the box.

Vis­it­ing keeper Paul Pritchard did well to tip a Matty Roberts free kick over the bar be­fore the hosts lev­elled on 22 min­utes.

With Hot­spur’s Ken­leigh Owen ly­ing in­jured on the deck, the ref­eree al­lowed play to con­tinue and a Brad Flay cross was headed goal­wards by Asa Hamil­ton, the ball seem­ingly tak­ing an age to find the net.

On the half-hour Phil Williams re­leased the lively Mel McGin­ness, who was de­nied in a on-one-one sit­u­a­tion by Bucks keeper Roberts.

Just be­fore the break Dean Garmey’s cor­ner was met by the head of Rhys Roberts, but Town hacked the ball off the goal-line.

The sec­ond half was a disappoint­ing af­fair with de­fences hold­ing sway and chances few and far be­tween.

Re­spec­tive keep­ers Pritchard and Roberts dealt well with any po­ten­tial threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions thrown their way.

Five min­utes from time McGin­ness in­ter­cepted the ball and broke for­ward, set­ting up young sub­sti­tute Cal­lum McMin­imee, who fired straight at the keeper.

Not quite the start Hot­spur would have wanted, but a point away from home from the first game of the cam­paign is not to be taken lightly.

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