Midweek match: Holywell hit 100-goal mark for season and return to top spot

Goal celebration time for Holywell against Chirk. All pictures: Lee Douglas

Holywell Town 3) 5 (Connolly, A Williams, Jones, Allshorn, Winslade)

Chirk AAA 0) 0

Holywell Town returned to the Welsh National League Premier Division peak with a 5-0 victory over Chirk AAA at Halkyn Road on Wednesday night.

The Wellmen extended their season-long unbeaten record in the league to 16 matches as they knocked Cefn Albion off the top on goal difference.

That GD is something else. Goals scored 62, goals conceded 7, so +55 with 11 clean sheets in those 16 outings. Has to be worth an extra point.

Town’s 12-match winning streak in the league had come to a halt when held 1-1 at FC Queen’s Park in their last fixture.

So Johnny Haseldin’s men were determined to regain victorious ways against a Chirk team they had caned away 8-0 in the Premier Division Cup back in December.

The first chance on Wednesday night fell to the Colliers, Ryan Leightwood turning on the edge of the box and Mike Platt had to get down early to save.

Town then won a free kick in a dangerous position, but Mark Connolly’s strike went inches over.

A good move saw Jake Cooke’s shot comes back out off the post but only as far as Luke Edwards, who dragged his attempt wide

Soon after Jack Pennington’s effort flew straight at the keeper.

Holywell opened the scoring with 16 minutes on the clock. Edwards’ corner from the left picked out Connolly, who found the net for his 21st goal in all competitions this term.

Recent signing Alec Williams (on the ball) scored again for Holywell

This spurred Town on and they doubled their lead shortly afterwards as Alec Williams was on hand at the far post to steer the ball home.

The home side added a third a few minutes later. Sam Jones picked up the ball off Pennington, beat a couple of challenges and fired in for Holywell’s 100th goal in all competitions this season in just their 23rd match.

Jones almost added another, but the keeper pulled off a great save, and he then denied Mike Walsh. The rebound fell to Williams but he was unable to control and the ball went over the crossbar.

Sam Jones burst into the box, and instead of crossing went for goal but the keeper saved with his feet.

The final few minutes of the half saw the visitors lose Callum Taylor through injury, but Chirk had the last good chance only for Leightwood to miss the target.

Half-time: 3-0 (Connolly, A Williams, Jones)

Chances were few and far between early in the second half but on the hour, Town added a fourth goal to kill the game off.

A great run by Dylan Allshorn saw him see off three defenders, race into the box and hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Lee Douglas captures Mark Winslade’s goal – Holywell’s fifth

Town added a fifth moments later, Allshorn again involved as he made his way to the byline, his low cross met by the returning Mark Winslade, who tapped the ball home soon after coming on as a sub.

Onto Saturday now when Holywell host co-leaders Cefn Albion in the WNL’s match of the day.

Holywell Town stats – 2019/20 season

Welsh National League Premier Division record

Aug 20: Brymbo (h) 0-0
Aug 24: Rhos Aelwyd (a) 0-0
Aug 31: Cefn Albion (a) 5-2 (Shaun Tuck 2, James Graham, Paul Williams, Mark Connolly)
Sep 7: Plas Madoc (h) 4-0 (Shaun Tuck 2, Jacob Wise, Ben Brierly)
Sep 21: Brickfield Rangers (a) 5-0 (Jake Cooke 2, Sam Jones, James Graham pen, Ben Brierly)
Oct 12: Mold Alexandra (h) 3-1 (Mark Connolly, Shaun Tuck, Luke Edwards)
Nov 6: Saltney Town (h) 1-0 (Johnson OG)
Nov 23: Castell Alun Colts (h) 12-0 (Luke Edwards, Sam Jones 3, Mark Connolly 4, Jake Cooke, Dylan Allshorn 2, Danny Dobbins)
Nov 30: Penycae (a) 5-1 (Jake Cooke, Mark Connolly 3, Jacob Wise)
Dec 21: Brymbo (a) 4-2 (Sam Jones, Danny Dobbins, Dylan Allshorn, Jake Cooke)
Jan 4: Rhos Aelwyd (h) 6-0 (Sam Jones 2, Dylan Allshorn, Jake Cooke, Mark Connolly 2)
Jan 11: Castell Alun Colts (a) 3-0 (Luke Edwards 2, Alec Williams)
Jan 25: Llay Welfare (a) 4-0 (Jake Cooke 4)
Feb 1: FC Queen’s Park (h) 4-0 (Alec Williams 2, Luke Edwards 2)
Feb 22: FC Queen’s Park (a) 1-1 (Jake Cooke)
Mar 4: Chirk AAA (h) 5-0 (Mark Connolly, Alec Williams, Sam Jones, Dylan Allshorn, Mark Winslade)
Next game – Mar 7 – Cefn Albion (h)

Record: Played 16 Won 13 Drawn 3 Lost 0 Goals For 62 Goals Conceded 7

Mark Connolly 12, Jake Cooke 11, Sam Jones 8, Luke Edwards 6, Dylan Allshorn 5, Shaun Tuck 5, Alec Williams 4, Danny Dobbins 2, James Graham 2, Jacob Wise 2, Ben Brierly 2, Paul Williams 1, Mark Winslade 1, Own Goals 1.

Holywell manager Johnny Haseldin celebrated another victory

Cup competitions

Aug 7: Bradley Park (h – NEWFA Cup) 13-0 (Danny Dobbins 2, Tony Roebuck, Luke Edwards, Mark Connolly 3, Josh Robertson 2, Charlie Hughes 2, Jay Wilkes 2)
Sep 3: Gresford Athletic (h – NEWFA Cup) 1-2 (Mark Connolly)
Sep 14: Hawarden Rangers (a – FAW Trophy R2) 7-1 (Mark Connolly 3, Josh Robertson, Sam Jones, Shaun Tuck, Jake Cooke)
Sep 28: New Brighton Villa (h – Welsh Cup QR 2) 8-2 (Shaun Tuck 3, Mark Connolly, Sam Jones, Luke Edwards, Jake Cooke, Josh Robertson)
Oct 19: Llandudno (h – Welsh Cup R1) 2-3 (Shaun Tuck, Mark Connolly)
Nov 2: Brymbo (a – FAW Trophy R3) 2-4 (Luke Edwards, Dylan Allshorn)
Dec 7: Chirk (a – Premier Division Cup) 8-0 (Ben Brierly 3, 1 pen, Luke Edwards 2, Myles Hart, Jacob Wise, Sam Jones)
Next tie – Mar 14: Llay Welfare (a – Premier Division Cup)

Played 7 Won 4 Lost 3 Goals For 40 Goals Against 12

Mark Connolly 9, Luke Edwards 5, Shaun Tuck 5, Josh Robertson 4, Ben Brierly 3, Sam Jones 3, Jake Cooke 2, Charlie Hughes 2, Jay Wilkes 2, Danny Dobbins 2, Tony Roebuck 1, Dylan Allshorn 1, Myles Hart 1, Jacob Wise 1.

Complete match record (league and cup)
Played 23 Won 17 Drawn 3 Lost 3 Goals For 102 Goals Against 19

Goalscorers (all competitions – 102)
Mark Connolly 21, Jake Cooke 13, Sam Jones 11, Luke Edwards 11, Shaun Tuck 10, Dylan Allshorn 6, Ben Brierly 5, Josh Robertson 4, Alec Williams 4, Danny Dobbins 4, Jacob Wise 3, Charlie Hughes 2, Jay Wilkes 2, James Graham 2, Paul Williams 1, Mark Winslade 1, Tony Roebuck 1, Myles Hart 1.

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