CONWY Borough manager Matthew Jones was pleased with what he saw from his side during his first official game in charge.

The Tangerine played their first football since March during a friendly fixture against JD Cymru North rivals Holyhead Hotspur at Y Morfa on Friday evening, which saw the Holy Islanders’ eventually emerge victorious 4-2.

Jones was far from disheartened despite the result, with Borough training just once together in six weeks due to coronavirus restrictions and also missing influential figures such as goalkeeper Rory Crowther and top scorer Corrig McGonigle.

He said: “It felt brilliant to get back out there and have a game on Friday night. With all the protocols in place and it being our first game, we were unsure how smoothly it would go but in terms of the protocols, it went so well.

“The game itself was also very good. Playing a very good side in Holyhead was just the kind of test we wanted.

“It was great to see some of the new signings mixed in with some of the existing players, and you could see as the game went on that partnerships were beginning to click a little bit.

“To the credit of Holyhead, they seemed to have those partnerships on the pitch, and the standard of goals from both sides was excellent.

“The slight frustration from our point of view is that we are going to be unable to see our English based players until next month, but it does mean more game time for some of the others.

“I’d like to thank Darren (Garmey) and his side for coming over and co-operating so fully with protocols. We look forward now to welcoming Llannefydd on Saturday.”

The visitors went into the break with a slender cushion courtesy of a fine finish from Liam Morris, but the home side levelled matters early in the second half through a free-kick from Craig Whelan.

Two goals from Deian Parry and Alex Jones put Spurs back in the ascendancy, with midfielder Jay Gibbs wrapping up proceedings with a powerful effort.

Borough were able to get another consolation late on thanks to a superb chip over the keeper from debutant Meilir Williams.