19-08-2017 14:30

Player statistic

Time Event QTY
14' Goal 1 Kenleigh OWEN
30' Goal 1 Mel McGINNESS
44' 1 Kenleigh OWEN
64' 1 Corey JONES
90' 1 Michael KELLY
20' 1 Dean GARMEY

Additional information

Attendance
287
Refereee
Alex Livesey

Report from Caernarfon Town website

Missed opportunities and an early red card for Danny Brookwell were major factors as Caernarfon Town made a disappointing start to their schedule at the Oval. Whereas the Cofis got their campaign off to a great start last week with a gritty victory at Penrhyncoch, their profligacy in front of goal had given the score an unwarranted closeness, and this trend in the opposing penalty box continued today, although it must be said that Iwan Williams’ side will be frustrated not to claimed at least a point against Hotspur.

Town got off to a flying start and Jamie Breese forced an excellent save from Paul Pritchard with less than a minute on the clock, and the striker went close again four minutes later when a neat free-kick move saw Rhys Roberts get on the end of a Nathan Craig cross to head into the six yard box where Breese had the back to his goal but did well to turn his marker, but unfortunately he could not manage to keep his effort from sailing a three feet wide of the target.

Caernarfon were looking sharp on the ball, and making headway every time they moved forward and the next opportunity arrived on seven minutes when Darren Thomas tricked his way to the byline before cutting the ball back to Garaeth Evans, who saw his goalbound effort blocked by Rees Brown.

As always, the evergreen Mel McGuinnes was proving a handful up front for the visitors, as he looked to latch on to Hotspur’s direct approach with his fine runs and, having weathered Town’s initial burst out of the blocks, the Harbourmen took the lead in the sixteenth minute courtesy of a Kenleigh Owen penalty, after Danny Brookwell was adjudged to have fouled him in the penalty area, for which he was also shown the red card.

It took the hosts a few minutes to reshuffle their system and in so doing, Campbell Harrison’s side took the initiative and, having seen a Littlemore effort hit the woodwork on the half hour mark, they doubled their lead a minute later when McGuinness collected the ball in the box and drilled it past Ramsay from twelve yards.

Nathan Craig tested Pritchard with a piledriver from thirty yards soon after this second setback and Darren  Thomas was disappointed not to make the most of a good opportunity to pull one back for his side when he got on the end of an excellent Joe Williams delivery, but his header, whilst having looped over Pritchard, cleared the far post by two feet. Gareth Evans managed to test the visiting stopper on the half-time whistle with a low drive that Pritchard held comfortably.

The Cofis re-emerged for the second half with a new game plan, and a makeshift centre forward as Clive Williams was pushed up to add some aerial presence and a second focal point for his team-mates, with Town taking on an unaccustomed, more direct approach, in search of a way back into the match.     

The ploy was certainly working as Caernarfon started pushing the visitors back into their own half for long periods and, having already gone close to finding the net through Breese, Evans and Thomas, Nathan Craig was given an opportunity from the spot after Breese was bundled over inside the box. Town’s captain sent Pritchard the wrong way with his penalty and the Cofis immediately went about searching for the equaliser.

Breese went close to doing just this two minutes after Craig’s goal as he latched onto a Thomas pass and beat Prichard but the ball was cleared away by a defender with Thomas looking to pounce. Holyhead were soaking up the pressure impressively, their backline dealing well with a number of crosses from the flanks but only a last ditch tackle prevented Breese from a sure-fire leveller in the seventy sixth minute after the striker had been put through by Thomas.        

The Canaries threw caution to the wind in the final minutes as they sent on striker Aaron Davies-Thomas and defender Gareth Edwards to join the strikeforce. Unfortunately for the hosts, however, the Harbourmen held firm celebrated a fine victory at the final whistle.

Holyhead Hotspur we report

Campbell Harrison’s side made it two successive opening wins to continue their excellentstart to the the new season with a very prestigious three points against old rivals Caernarfon Town at the Oval venue. The Canaries are amongst the favourities to land the HGA title this season, but were made to look ordinary by the Holy Islanders, with their opponents down to ten men after a quarter of an hour when Caernarfon’s Danny Brockwell was shown red from which Kenleigh Owen put away the resultant spot kick.

Mel McGinness celebrated his forthcoming wedding this weekend by adding to the score before the break and although the Cofis put pressure on in the second half when the hosts converted a penalty of their own from Nathan Craig the Hotspur rearguard held firm with young substitute Alex Boss making two vital interventions to thwart the hosts who were making desperate attempts to get something out of the game.


The early season has been encouraging for Harrison’s men while a further boost is the signing of former Porthmadog and Bangor City striker Chris Jones who made his debut coming on for Mel McGinness in the second period.

Next Wednesday evening with a 7.30pm kick off gives Hotspur the opportunity to make it three in a row when Llandudno Junction come calling at the New Stadium while this coming Saturday 26th August Hotspur are without a first team game.

Caernarfon were quick off the blocks and last week’s hero Paul Pritchard made a fine save from Jamie Breeze in the first minute while another effort just after was put just over the bar with keeper Pritchard quickly out to deny Gareth Evans in the early flurry. Hotspur responded quickly on the break and on 15 came the first real incident when former defender Rhys Roberts misjudged a through ball allowing John Littlemore to break into the penalty area crossing into the path of the overlapping Dan McGinness who was upended in the box. It was a stonewall penalty by Danny Brockwell while the referee Alex Livesey added a red card as the official decided it was a ‘last man’ offence much to the consternation of the home players. Hotspur sought to make use of their advantage and Dewi Thomas hit the top of the cross bar on the half hour with the Caernarfon keeper well beaten. A minute later Thomas found Mel McGinness with a searching ball to his left and the pocket dynamo took the ball in field from the by line turned and shot superbly inside keeper Ramsey’s near post. Just before the break the hosts had two good chances via Darren Thomas with a header while a weak effort by Evans barely troubled Pritchard  (Halt Time 0 – 2).

Nip and tuck early in the second half but on 64 Caernarfon found a goal back when Jamie Breeze was pushed in the back by Cory Jones inside the box and Nathan Craig made no mistake from the spot. Game on now with the next goal all important for either side. On 82 a great run from Kenleigh Owen on the left and his goal bound effort producing a fine save from keeper Ramsey turning the ball away for a corner. With Caernarfon Town pushing forward Jamie Breeze found himself  in the clear but speedy Alex Boss made a superb block tackle to stop him in his stride, while Boss again cleared off the line to rescue his side who headed home with three valuable points.

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