HOLYHEAD Hotspur were unable to hold on to a commanding advantage as they fell to a 4-2 home reverse to Guilsfield.

The Holy Islanders took a comfortable two-goal lead but had nothing to show for their effort after a stunning fightback from the Huws Gray Alliance title chasers, and Campbell Harrison’s men will be hoping for better fortune when the two sides square off in the Huws Gray Cup at The New Stadium this Saturday (2.30pm).

The home side began the game on the front foot and they went ahead on 14 minutes when John Littlemore prodded home from close range after Mel McGinness’ effort was spilled by Andy Wycherley.

Things went further in the favour of the hosts on 19 minutes when they were awarded a penalty following an infringement, and new signing Jamie McDaid made no mistake from the spot to double their advantage.

Gradually the visitors began to impose themselves on proceedings and reduced the deficit on 24 minutes when Chris Cathrall found a way past Paul Pritchard, and this was swiftly followed by a penalty of their own on 28 which forward Asa Hamilton despatched with ease.

The impressive Hamilton was in ruthless mood throughout and he found joy once again from the penalty spot on 37 minutes after he had been bundled over in the box The introduction of Dewi Thomas at the interval provided some fresh life into the home side, but it was the Guils that increased their advantage on 57 minutes when Hamiltion completed a sensational day at the office by rounding Pritchard to complete his hat-trick.

Despite their best efforts, Harrison’s side were unable to find a route back into a contest they were in complete control of in the opening exchanges.