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Huws Gray Alliance Wednesday 20 September
Holyhead Hotspurs ...................3
Kenleigh Owen 40’
Ryan Taylor 55’
Mel McGinness 69’
On a night of atrocious weather conditions strong winds and swirling, sweeping rain, local knowledge and experience paid off as the home team used the conditions to their advantage and far better than Port. On a ground where high winds are not strangers, the Hotspurs established a winning lead during a second half with the wind on their backs netting twice to consolidate the advantage of the one goal they held at the interval, thanks to a Kenieigh Owen free kick. A deserved win for the Hotspurs as they repeated the victory gained at the Traeth in the Nathaniel MG Cup.
Just three minutes into the game Hotspurs could have gone ahead when Kenleigh Owen shot across the face of goal with keeper Richard Harvey on the ground. But Port recovered quickly after the let off and Ceri James fired from 25 yards only narrowly over the bar. Hotspurs enjoyed some early pressure, forcing a couple of corners and then Kenleigh Owen met a good cross from the right but his header went past the post. Gradually Port got a foothold in the game with Sion Bradley cutting across from the left and squaring the ball for Julian Williams who drilled a shot from 15 yards but home keeper Paul Pritchard pulled off a good save. It was a half of few real chances with Port edging it slightly but they were not able to make the wind advantage tell. On the half hour mark Joe Chaplin fired wide of the post folllowing a Ceri James free kick. Neither goal keeper was unduly troubled but five minutes from the break Holyhead went ahead, A misplaced pass put pressure on Dan Roberts as Hotspurs mounted a counterattack and he was forced to give away a free kick 25 yards out. Kenleigh Owen struck, and his shot over the wall held up in the wind and curled inside Richard Harvey’s left hand post. Port responded with a well struck Sion Bradley free kick but Paul Pritchard went down well to gather at his near post. It was a half where the weather conditions had dictated the game. Holyhead went in ahead at the interval in the knowledge that they could capitalise on their advantage with the wind on their backs.
Port went on the attack after the interval with Sion Bradley and Josh Banks combining well down the left but Paul Pritchard was out well to save under pressure from Joe Chaplin. But ten minutes into the half Holyhead doubled their advantage. It was a rather fortuitous goal when a clearance took a deflection into the path of Ryan Taylor who had only Richard Harvey to beat from close range. The Hotspurs were now firmly on top. There was a fierce angled shot from Kenleigh Owen across the face of goal and Richard Harvey did well to get a hand to a McGinness cross and divert it away. Port had to battle to defend, as several corners were swung dangerously into the goalmouth and their only threat during this period came via a Sion Bradley cross which came down on the crossbar. But with 69 minutes gone Mel McGinness struck with a fine individual goal. Cutting inside from the left, he fired across Richard Harvey with the ball striking the foot of the far post and into the net. A three goal advantage surely meant game over and that’s how it turned out. Even a second yellow and dismissal for Hotspurs defender Alex Jones could not change the pattern of the game. Port pushed forward, used all three subs but it was a case of too little too late as they failed to cause Paul Pritchard any great problems. The only worthwhile save he had to make in the closing stages came from Joe Chaplin as he met a good Julian Williams cross.
A deserved win for Holyhead, on a night when the weather made entertaining passing football an impossibility. This second successive defeat, though far too early for any alarm bells to be sounded is a worry. Re-grouping and a fresh focus will be needed before we meet the league leaders Airbus on Saturday.
PORTHMADOG: Richard Harvey, Leon Doran (Cai Jones 56’), Josh Banks, Ceri James (Gareth J Evans 76), Dan Roberts, Iddon Price, Rob Evans, Ifan Emlyn (Meilir Williams’), Julian Williams, Joe Chaplin, Sion Bradley. Unused subs: Tyler French (gk), Jake Jones, Yellow: Ceri James, Rob Evans, Dan Roberts.
Holyhead Hotspurs: Paul Pritchard, Dan McGinness, Kenleigh Owen, Corey Jones, Alex Jones, Reece Brown, Mike Kelly, Dean Garmey, Tom Clarke, Mel McGinness, Ryan Taylor. Subs: John Littlemore, Gavin Sharpe Kyle Murphy, Merfyn Williams(gk).
Referee: Rhys Ryder
Huws Gray Alliance -Saturday, 16 September
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Julian Williams 44’
Sion Bradley 58’
Josh Banks 87’
Denbigh Town ...................................4
Josh Davies 36, 54’’
Warren Duckett 54’
Danny Sullivan 57’
Port again failed to reproduce their form on the road back at the Traeth. They will be left to rue the defensive errors, especially with former leading scorer Josh Davies in the opposition ranks picking up the pieces pouncing to score two opportunist goals. Denbigh were clearly the better team in the opening half but, despite a much improved second half performance, conceding twice very early in the second half gave Port too much to do.
The visitors started strongly and Richard Harvey needed to pull off a good save to keep out Matt Cook’s well struck 25 yard effort. They continued to pressurise the home defence as they enjoyed a greater sare of possession. But after 15 minutes Port did get the ball into the net but Cai Jones was ruled offside. The same player was in the action controlling a Josh Banks cross but his shot on the turn was well blocked by keeper Hilll-Dunt. Denbigh continued to enjoy good periods of pressure winning several free kicks in dangerous positions and also forcing a number of corners. Richard Harvey saved a well struck Sullivan free kick diverting it for a corner. Pritchard fired narrowly wide and it needed a well timed tackle from Gareth Jones Evans to halt another good Denbigh move. It was no surprise when the visitors went ahead on 36 minutes. Craig Pritchard found plenty of space to cross from the right and, though Richard Harvey got a hand to Warren Duckett’s downward header, Josh Davies was on hand to take the scraps and score from close in. Port despite being second best in the opening half appeared to have dug themselves out of the hole with a 44th minute equaliser when Julian Williams struck powerfully from 15 yards. But Denbigh responded immediately breaking down the right, another Craig Pritchard cross and this time Warren Duckett scored from close range. Denbigh went in 2-1 ahead at half-time.
There was a flurry of goals at the start of the second period and on 54 minutes a misplaced pass gifted the visitors a goal to put them 3-1 ahead. Craig Pritchard picked up the loose pass and bore down on goal, Richard Harvey at full stretch kept out his shot but could do nothing to prevent Josh Davies netting from 6 yards. Things got even worse just three minutes later when Port conceded a free kick on the edge of the box and a Danny Sullivan screamer beat the wall and Richard Harvey to make it 4-1 to the visitors. With a mountain to climb Port, to their credit struck bsck immediately with a well worked move started by Ceri James. The ball reached Cai Jones in a central position and he switched the play to Sion Bradley on the left. The forward cut inside and netted with a fine angled shot from 16 yards. He was in the action again immediately as he chased down a lost cause and forced Hill-Dunt into a good save at the near post. Hill-Dunt was tested again when Julian Williams struck a 25 yard free kick which was held at the second bite. With time running out Port refused to give up on the game and Meilir Williams worked a great opening for himself. He received from Rob Evans, turned his marker brilliantly and headed goalwards. Taking the shot, perhaps a little early, as it went across the face of goal with home supporters, behind the goal, holding their collective breaths. Port’s third goal did come on 87 minutes when Julian Williams lifted a good cross to the back post and Josh Banks made a late run into the box to head powerfully past Hill-Dunt. 4-3 with minutes left but that was as good as it got for Port this afternoon, as Denbigh held out to take a deserved three points.
Port started the afternoon without the central defenders who performed so well last week, as both Dan Roberts and Tom Taylor were unavailable. The lack of form at the Traeth provides further worries. The one win in five home fixtures this season is hard to explain, given the goals scored in the two away fixtures. There will be an early chance to put things right with a visit to Holyhead on Wednesday night, though that will certainly not be an easy option.
PORTHMADOG: Richard Harvey, Rob Evans, Leon Doran, Iddon Price, Josh Banks, Ceri James (Steve Bratt 75’), Gareth Jones Evans (Ifan Emlyn 56’), Juian Williams, Cai Jones (Meilir Williams 71’}, Joe Chaplin, Sion Bradley. Subs not used: Tyler French (gk), Jake Jones, Yellow: Josh Banks 13’, Ceri James 65’.
DENBIGH TOWN: Jon Hill-Dunt, Rakim Newton, Nathan Williams, Danny Sullivan, Ben Nash, Matt Cook, Kristian Pierce (Jake Eyre 67’), Steve Cunningham, Warren Duckett (Lewys Turner 81’), Josh Davies, Craig Pritchard. Unused sub: Liam Smith. Yellow:Ben Nash 63’.
Referee: Andy Harms
Huws Gray Alliance Saturday, 9 September
Phil Jones 86’, 88’
Cai Jones 15’
Joe Chaplin 17’, 21’, 43’
Meilir Williams 89’
Three goals in six minutes in the opening quarter of the game put Port in the driving seat at the Recreation Ground this afternoon. Cai Jones set the ball rolling after 15 minutes and Joe Chaplin scored the other two before going on to complete a first half hat-trick just before the interval. Meilir Williams added the 5th late on for his third of the season from the bench. Even yielding two disappointing late goals failed to take the shine off what was an excellent Port performance with some top quality goals and assists. .
Play was fairly even in the opening stages but Port struck after 15 minutes when Ceri James took advantage of the home team’s high defensive line, to slip a trademark through ball for Cai Jones to run on to and race on 30 yards into the box, drawing the keeper and rolling a low shot into the net. Two minutes later there was a virtual carbon copy of the move. This time with debutant Tom Taylor provided the through pass for Joe Chaplin to race on to and charge forward into the box on the right beating keeper Luke Evans at his near post with a blast from 15 yards which ended high in the net. Four minutes on and Chaplin was on the scoresheet again this time capitalising on good work by Sion Bradley down the left, meeting the cross with an acrobatic diving header at the back post. Port were totally in control now and apart from a couple of efforts from Lance Jones Caersws rarely threatened. Port could have gone further ahead when a goalbound Josh Banks header was bizarrely kept out by the back of Joe Chaplin’s head! Sion Bradley, following yet another good break, had his shot deflected into the side netting and the same player was only narrowly too high with a back post header. With time running out in the opening half Joe Chaplin completed a hat-trick, fastening on to another Ceri James assist, this time a neat chip over the defence for the striker to run on to and score from close range. A comfortable 4-0 advantage for Port at half-time. .
The scoreline not surprisingly took a little of the edge off Port’s second half performance though they continued to dominate possession, passing the ball around well and still creating further chances. Five minutes into the second period Josh Banks put Cai Jones through one on one with the advancing keeper Luke Evans who pullled off a good block. Caersws looked more of a threat than in the opening half and Lance Jones tested Richard Harvey with a low shot from the edge of the box and following this it required cool defending from Ceri James when Jake Parr crossed in from the right. Compared with free scoring the first half play in the second period was more restrained. Midway through the half a good exchange of passes between Sion Bradley and Joe Chaplin led to a shooting opportumity for Chaplin which he fired over the bar. With supporters on both sides settling for no additions to the first half score there was a sudden flurry of action at the end. A further three goals were scored in the last five minutes. 64th minute Caersws sub, Phil Jones, scored a couple of late consolations for the home team. For the first, five minutes from time, he latched on to a loose ball on the right and drove into the box, netting with a well place low shot and two minutes later took advantage of a Richard Harvey spill failing to hold on to Tom Bethell’s shot from 25 yards netting from close in. Port responded immediately for their fifth of the afternoon with Sion Bradley breaking quickly into the Caersws half and a fine angled ball put Meilir Williams in on goal to score with a low shot from 15 yards. .
A good win and a quality performance gave Port three points on a ground which has not yielded too many points in the past. A great debut for Tom Taylor at centre back, which further increases Craig Papirnyk’s defensive options.The win takes them into 2nd place in the table behind leaders Airbus and ahead of Caernarfon and Guilsfield on goal difference. The table also shows that Port are the league’s leading scorers with 17 goals! On now to take on Denbigh Town at the Traeth next Saturday. .
PORTHMADOG: Richard Harvey, Iddon Price, Josh Banks, Dan Roberts, Tom Taylor (Jake Jones 78’), Rob Evans, Ceri James, Gareth Jones Evans (Ifan Emlyn 64’), Sion Bradley, Joe Chaplin (Meilir Williams 73’), Cai Jones. Unused subs: Tylor French (gk), Craig Papirnyk.
CAWRSWS: Luke Evans, Jake Parr, Jack Hughes, Ellit Jones, Gavin Samuel, Graham Jones, Rhydian Davies, Lance Jones, Steve Blenkinsop, Luke Sherbon, Craig Whitfield. Used subs: Phil Jpones. Tom Bethell. Unused: Luke Vickers, Graham Evans. .
Referee: Ashley Jones (Penycae)