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Wembley hero Lynch joins coaching staff at hometown club

LINCOLN, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Chester's Alex Lynch during the Vanarama National League match between Lincoln City and Chester at Sincil Bank Stadium on April 11, 2017 in Lincoln, England. (Photo by Chris Vaughan - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Alex Lynch during the Vanarama National League match between Lincoln City and Chester at Sincil Bank Stadium on April 11, 2017. (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

A goalkeeper who five years ago played in a Football League play-off final has joined the coaching staff at Holyhead Hotspur.

Former Wycombe Wanderers stopper Alex Lynch has become part of Hotspur manager Darren Garmey’s backroom team as the Holy Island club prepares for a return to the Cymru North.

Holyhead man Lynch, 25, joined Peterborough United on a two-year scholarship from Welsh Alliance League side Amlwch Town in 2011.

In 2013, he was given a one-year professional contract and subsequently loaned to Histon (Conference South), Stamford (Northern Premier League Premier Division) and Brackley Town (Conference North) for experience.

Then in 2014, Lynch signed a two-year contract with Wycombe Wanderers after being released by Peterborough.

He was loaned out to Hayes and Yeading (Conference South) and Burnham (Southern League Premier Division) to build game time.

On 2 May 2015, Lynch made his professional debut as a substitute for the injured Matt Ingram in Wycombe’s 3-2 win against Northampton Town.

The Holy Islander continued to deputise for Ingram as Wycombe progressed to the 2015 League Two play-off final at Wembley, where they lost 7-6 on penalties to Southend United after a 1-1 draw.

Southend only managed to force spot-kicks after plundering an equaliser in the second added minute of extra time, Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys having taken the lead through an own goal from United keeper Daniel Bentley following a Joe Jacobson free kick.

In just his third senior start, Lynch saved Southend’s second penalty in the shoot-out, but Wanderers could not capitalise.

August 2015 saw Lynch loaned to Conference South side Wealdstone, however he was recalled without making an appearance in the same month.

In January 2016, he featured in Wycombe’s 1-1 draw against Aston Villa in the FA Cup 3rd round due to the suspension of Ingram.

Later in 2016, Lynch was signed by Welsh Premier club Bala Town, then spent two years at Chester, making 45 appearances, before joining Llandudno for a short spell in January 2018.

Wales Under-17 and U-19 cap Lynch suffered a horror injury while playing for hometown club Hotspur in a pre-season game against Llanrug United in August 2018. He is still in recovery.

Hotspur boss Garmey said: “I had spoken to Alex a while back and it was great to hear he was really keen to stay involved in football while he recovers from his injury.

“He has gained a lot of experience having been coached at the top level for many years as well as playing Football League so he will bring with him some new ideas, knowledge and professionalism that will no doubt improve the standard of our goalkeepers throughout the club.”

Garmey also confirmed the retention of last season’s backroom staff of assistants Mike Kelly and Nick Dumbarton as well as sports therapist Tony Maguire.

The manager added: “We have a very strong team now off the field as well with two fantastic assistants both bringing their own different style and approach to training and games and then Tony, who I would say is one of the best sports therapists/ physios in Welsh football.”

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