Late goal ends Hotspur winning streak


Tomos Hughes

HOLYHEAD Hotspur’s seven-match winning run came to an end when ten-man Penrhyncoch stole a late draw at the New Stadium last weekend.

The draw extends the Harbourmen’s unbeaten run to eight matches, but were left to rue a host of missed opportunities for their failure to close out the three points.

Emlyn Manley Williams’ side found themselves behind as early as the first minute, when the aptly-named Josh Hartrick’s 25 yard effort squeezed past stand-in keeper Bryan Williams.

The hosts responded with some heavy pressure, and after Mel McGinness narrowly failed to get on the end of a Dean Garmey cross, the equaliser came on 11 minutes when a Mike Edwards corner was diverted into his own net by Pen’s John Foligno.

Spurs continued to dictate proceedings, and after Chris Saxon’s header hit the crossbar, McGinness was denied by keeper Lee Jenkins after Edwards’ initial cross hit the post.

On 33, a McGinness free kick put in Curt Williams, who’s post-bound shot came back to Edwards, who was inevitably denied by the upright.

The second half saw McGinness draw a great save from Jenkins early on, before Dylan Jones came close for the visitors from a 58th minute free kick.

Six minutes later, Pen went down to 10 when substitute Jonathan Evans earned his second yellow, which gave the hosts further encouragment, and five minutes later they took a long-overdue lead.

Curt Williams ran the ball to McGinness in the opposition area, and from a tight-angle, produced a well placed finsih into the far corner.

Pen rallied however, and looked dangerous despite being a man down.

Defenders Tom Nathan-Edwards and Alex Jones both made crucial goalline
blocks to preserve the Harbourmen’s lead.

And their resistance was broken two minutes from time when a Dylan James cross saw keeper Roberts fail to get a firm hold, and the ball slipped through his grasp to nestle in the net to steal a point for the resolute mid-Walians.

Holyhead travel to Globe Way to face Buckley Town this Saturday, kick off is at 2:30pm.

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