Sunny Rhyl second half salvo sinks Spurs
23 August 2012 |
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HOLYHEAD Hotspur were overcome 3-1 by sunny Rhyl in their first home match in the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance.
Curt Williams sent the 300-strong New Stadium crowd into raptures with a tenth minute opener, unleashing a rocket shot that flew over the head of ‘keeper Alex Ramsey.
Kenleigh Owen hit the bar from 25 yards in the 35th minute, as the Harbourmen had the better of the first half exchanges against their esteemed opponents.
The second half was a different story however, as the Lilywhites equalised six minutes through James Gambino, before taking the lead on 58 through Steve Lewis.
With the visitors in the ascendancy, the referee awarded a disputed penalty after Lewis took to the ground, and Paul McManus wrapped up the win from the spot.
HOLYHEAD Hotspur tasted defeat at Conwy Borough to the odd-goal in three, as they got their Huws Gray Cymru Alliance Campaign undwerway.
After Boro’s Tom McGill and Mark Jones tested Ben Heald in the Hotspur goal, the Harbourmen drew first blood on 35 minutes when the referee pointed to the spot for a foul on Gareth Owen, and Mel McGinness hammered home into the bottom corner.
As the heavens opened and pressure intensified on the Harbourmen’s backline, a Holyhead counter-attack saw McGinness in a great position, only for the dimunitive striker to put his finish past the post.
Boro upped the tempo further, and after Mark Jones equalised on 69, fiercely heading home a Lee Hammond free kick, McGill got the best of a goalmouth scramble to put the hosts ahead ten minutes later.
The introduction of Mike Edwards brought more urgency as the vistors pushed for a late equaliser, but Richard Owen’s header flew agonisingly over the bar as Hotspur resigned themselves to a battling defeat at Y Morfa.
Prior to Hotspur’s recent firendly against Bangor, two presentations were made.
Stena Line’s Jamie Christian was on hand to present Hotspur with a new kit, as the club’s main sponsor for the upcoming season.
In addition, Emlyn Manley Williams was presented with the Welsh Alliance Manager of the Year Trophy from League President Gwyn Pierce Owen.
Hotspur play host to Llandudno in their next league match this Saturday August 25 (Kick off 2:30pm).