HOLYHEAD Hotspur put fourth-placed Conwy Borough to the sword as they avenged their opening day defeat in style.
Despite the absence of talismanic midfielders Mike Kelly and Mike Edwards, the under-strength Hotspur side had enough in the tank to out-muscle the Musselmen and stretch their unbeaten run in the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance to six matches.
Hotspur came into the match having suffered a cruel late Welsh Cup defeat to Carmarthen Town, while Conwy suffered a simialr fate after holding Welsh Premier champions The New Saints to a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes before conceding again twice in extra time.
Dean Garmey, deputising in midfield in Kelly’s absence, made a crucial intervention early on to deny Borough a chance, before he went up the other end to put Kenleigh Owen in, but he shot over the upright.
After the visitors had a corner cleared, Hotspur went ahead on 23 minutes, when Curt Williams found Jason Owen, who in turn passed to Garmey, who took a defender on before unleashing a right-footed effort beyond Terry McCormick in the Borough goal.
Garmey looked dominant in midfield and was denied a second by McCormick, while Mel McGinness shot wide from a decent position.
The hosts still had to maintain their focus at the back though, as Borough looked threatening in attack, as Lee Davey came close from a rebound from Eddie Jebb’s free kick.
Hotspur keeper Ben Heald was the second half protagonist, pulling off a string of top-drawer saves to keep his side ahead.
After Heald denied Lee Hammond, the Harbourmen nearly went two up, but Kenleigh Owen put his one-on-one effort over the bar.
After Anthony Miley saw his free kick saved by Heald, Hotspur did manage to double their advantage on 68 minutes, when a Mel McGinness corner was emphatically headed home by Alex Jones.
Davey shot straight at Heald as the visitors searched for a response, but it was Hotspur who finished stronger, as substitute Jay Gibbs went close on two occassions.
Hotspur travel to Belle Vue on Saturday to face league leaders Rhyl (2.30pm), before they complete a festive seaside double header by visiting Llandudno on Saturday December 29 (2.30pm).