A WONDER strike from Kenleigh Owen was enough to give Holyhead Hotspur a 1-0 success over FC Queens Park at The New Stadium.

The Holy Islanders returned to action with a narrow victory in difficult conditions against the Huws Gray Alliance strugglers, and a welcome three points leaves Campbell Harrison’s men in ninth spot ahead of their Huws Gray Cup clash at high-flying Guilsfield on Saturday.

The home side almost went ahead early on when Mel McGinness forced a good save from Richard Conderley early on, while Dewi Thomas and Ryan Taylor also spurned good opportunities within the opening ten minutes.

Recent signing Jamie McDaid was the next Spurs forward to fluff their lines when he struck over on the half hour mark, but Park were not without chances of their own as Helder Ramus’ effort sailed the wrong side of the post.

Paul Pritchard saved well with his feet from visiting forward Len Roberts towards the end of the first period, and Alex Jones produced a fantastic goal line clearance to deny Thomas Bunclack from the rebound.

Just before the break McDaid headed straight into the arms of Conderley after impressive approach play from Mike Kelly, and the Park stopper had to be alert after the interval when he rushed out to deny Dan McGinness on 54 minutes.

The deadlock was finally broken on 59 minutes when Thomas fed Owen, and the talented midfielder unleashed a 20-yard effort into the net to open the scoring.

This provoked a strong response from the away side, who narrowly failed to get back on level terms on 68 minutes when a Tony Jones shot flew inches past the upright which proved to be their best chance of the period as Harrison’s side held on for a narrow win.