HOLYHEAD Hotspur manager Darren Garmey praised the depth of his squad after their 4-2 JD Welsh Cup first-round triumph over Montgomery Town.

The Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One title hopefuls produced a performance full of quality to secure a place in the second round, extending their recent run of good form following their relegation to the third tier.

There was further good news for the club as league-leading Llandudno Albion were held at home by Mynydd Llandegai, leaving them one behind Darren Jones’ side with two games in hand ahead of their Lock Stock Cookson Challenge Cup second round clash at home to Blaenau Ffestiniog Amateurs on November 2.

Garmey, said: “Delighted with the win and also to keep the momentum going.

“We had four regulars missing today and showed what depth we have to bring in a couple from the reserves who fitted in well.

“If I’m being critical we could have made the game easier for ourselves when they went down to ten men, but we really closed the game off in the last 20 minutes finding the extra man time and time again to create plenty of dangerous situations.”

The home side got off to a positive start and went ahead on 21 minutes when Sam Ashworth found the net, but they were pegged back after the break when Jack Williams pounced with 51 on the clock.

A frantic period of play midway through the half saw Rob Jones’ effort for the hosts on 65 minutes cancelled out immediately by Tom Evans on 67, before Ashworth duly converted his second of the tie to give Spurs’ the lead once again with 69 gone.

They finally doubled their advantage through an own goal on 80 minutes to secure a deserved success on home soil.