HOLYHEAD Hotspur picked up a valuable point in their battle for Huws Gray Alliance survival after securing a 0-0 draw at Penrhyncoch.

The Holy Islanders produced a resolute display to emerge with a share of the spoils to pull them within four points of safety, and Darren Garmey’s side face a pivotal trip to fellow strugglers Denbigh Town on Friday night (7.30pm) as they look to build on this positive result.

The visitors began the game brightly and almost went ahead on seven minutes when Mel McGinness headed over after good work from Dean Garmey, and recent signing Marc Evans almost added to his impressive run of goalscoring form with 20 gone when his superb free-kick rattled the post.

Gradually the Roosters began to see more of the ball and they carved out their first opening midway through the half when Liam Lewis’ long-range effort fizzed past the post.

After the break saw the visitors go close immediately following the restart when Dan McGinness failed to convert after some neat approach play from Cory Jones, and Pen talisman Luke Sherbon was fortunate to walk away from a robust challenge on Garmey with just a yellow card soon after.

The home side were reduced to ten men late on when striker Steffan Davies was dismissed following an altercation with goalkeeper Carl Jones, but despite dominating possession for the remainder of the contest Spurs failed to find what would have been a crucial goal in their fight against the drop.

Tomos Clarke’s overhead kick came within a whisker of a late winner, and Dan McGinness also fluffed his lines in the closing stages to ensure that both sides had something to show for their efforts after an entertaining and physical stalemate.