Spurs aim­ing to find their cut­ting edge

Bangor Mail - - SPORT -

HOLY­HEAD Hot­spur will aim to bounce back from open­ing day dis­ap­point­ment this Satur­day when they host Gres­ford Ath­letic in the Huws Gray Al­liance League (2.30pm), re­ports Gareth Davies.

De­spite their over­all ef­forts de­serv­ing bet­ter, Dar­ren Garmey’s side were defeated 5-2 in the first game of the sea­son at Flint Town United last weekend.

Flint went ahead on four min­utes when 16-year-old keeper Dan Williams, deputis­ing for the sus­pended Carl Jones, took too long with a clear­ance which was charged down by Kai Wal­lis, the ball trick­ling slowly into the cor­ner of the net.

In the 24th minute Hot­spur’s new signing Harry Ga­le­otti sent over a great cross for John Lit­tle­more, whose header forced a fine tip-over save from Josh Hart.

Three min­utes later, the vis­i­tors fell fur­ther be­hind when Mark Cad­wal­lader’s mag­nif­i­cent loop­ing header from a Sam Hart free kick found the far cor­ner.

Hot­spur started the se­cond half on the front foot and put pres­sure on the home goal.

Good play from Lit­tle­more found Chris Jones, whose ef­fort was turned away for a cor­ner.

How­ever, a break­away by Flint saw them go three ahead on 57, when Cad­wal­lader fin­ished off a fine move.

Holy­head pro­duced a pos­i­tive re­ply when a free kick from the right reached To­mos Clarke, who poked the ball past Hart.

Just seven min­utes later came a fourth goal for the home side.

A cor­ner on the right saw cen­tral de­fender Andy Brown climb high­est to nod the ball in style past Dan Williams.

To their credit, Hot­spur never threw in the towel and re­duced the ar­rears again on 70 when a free kick from the right was whipped into the goal­mouth and Chris Jones re­acted quick­est to de­flect the ball home.

The hosts looked for more and Dan Williams pro­duced two great stops.

How­ever, three min­utes from time, Flint broke out of de­fence and added a fifth goal when Ma­mudo Dabo played in sub­sti­tute Jake Hamp­son, who slot­ted home.

While young Dan Williams started be­tween the sticks, his fa­ther, the vastly ex­pe­ri­enced Mervyn Williams - well into his fifties and also a signed keeper - was on the bench.

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