Win sends Spurs into fourth place


Tomos Hughes


HOLYHEAD Hotspur climbed to fourth place in the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance as they avenged their early-season defeat against Rhydymwyn last weekend.

The Harbourmen made it two wins from two matches last week with their 4-0 trouncing of the mid-Wales outfit, following a grinding single goal victory over Porthmadog last Wednesday.

Emlyn Manley-Williams’ side dominated last weekend’s New Stadium clash, without ever really shifting into top gear.

Hotspur’s Curt Williams fired an early warning shot for the hosts before they got off the mark on nine minutes, with Chris Saxon stretching at full length to head home a half-cleared Jay Gibbs corner.

The visitors, who were hampered by a total lack of substitutes and having manager, Dylan McPhee, laid up in hospital, struggled against a rotated Holyhead starting line up, and after a Jay Gibbs shot was well held by goalkeeper Eifion Price, their advantage was doubled soon after.

Mel McGinness did well to play in Jay Gibbs, and the midfielder took the ball past the keeper before netting deftly from an acute angle.

And on the stroke of half time they made it three, when a long ball split the defence, and a race between keeper Price and Gibbs was won by the latter, and he finished calmly.

Seven minutes into the second period the game was put to bed, when Mike Cronshaw benefitted from a spill from the goalkeeper to gleefully tap home.

Further opportunities fell to Gibbs and Curt Williams, while the visitors had chances through Tom Rowlnads and Phil Thomas, but they failed to find the target as Hotspur cantered to another impressive victory.

Last week’s match against Porthmadog had a similar outcome, but gameplay followed a total different pattern as the Harbourmen struggled.

Having weathered the storm of the visitors’ attack for an hour, an incident spotted by the linesman changed the game.

Port’s Graham Austin was seen slapping Mel McGinness, earning him a red card, and Hotspur a penalty, which Jay Gibbs put beyond keeper Richard Harvey at the second attempt.

Hotspur are next in action in the Huws Gray Alliance League Cup at Conwy Borough on Tuesday February 12, kick off 7.30pm.

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