Hotspur victory a must to renew faith
IF Holyhead Hotspur are to survive in the Huws Gray Alliance League, it will not be so much teams like latest opponents Flint Town United they must start beating, reports Gareth Davies.
High-flyers Flint are on a different page to Hotspur at present. The Silkmen still harbour outside hopes of a title challenge, and were too strong for Holyhead in last Saturday’s 4-1 victory at the New Stadium.
This Saturday, however, brings a game Darren Garmey’s team really have to be looking to get something from. Hotspur travel to Llanrhaeadr, a side fifth from bottom having lost four of their last five league games.
Holyhead’s situation is becoming increasingly desperate. No wins in 11 league tests, just one HGA victory all season, and seven points adrift at the basement.
Where there is life, however, there is hope and a win at Llanrhaeadr would renew faith that the Holy Islanders could yet pull off The Great Escape.
Four goals in 15 first half minutes from Flint killed last Saturday’s contest at the New Stadium.
Just before the half-hour, Kyle Smyth struck an excellent goal from 25 yards that put the Silkmen 1-0 up. Before the hosts could clear their heads, Flint struck again on 32 minutes via Luke Blondel.
Richie Foulkes converted a penalty on 38 minutes, and just before the break, Andy Brown scored at the second attempt after a good initial stop from Carl Jones.
A long way back for Hotspur, but they got off to a flying start with just a minute of the second half gone.
Rees Brown put in a robust challenge, then spotted Mel McGinness make a great run through the middle and played the ball into his path. Sam Hart desperately tried to make up ground from left back to cover the danger, but McGinness had too much of a head start and calmly slotted home from 18 yards out. Holyhead did their best to mount an unlikely comeback, but for the rest of the game were kept largely at bay, Kenleigh Owen’s late piledriver well saved by Aaron Jones.
HOTSPUR: Carl Jones, Caio Hywel (Rees Brown 40), Kenleigh Owen, Corey Jones, Alex Jones, Tomos Clarke, Mike Kelly, Sam Ashworth, Mel McGinness (Harry Lewis 65), Jamie McDaid ( John Littlemore 68), Luke McGivern.