Cymru North – Late strike earns Hotspur win over in-form Holywell, Colwyn Bay triumph again

Jumping Jay Gibbs leaps for joy after scoring the winner against Holywell in the 95th minute. Picture: ALUN ROBERTS/FAW
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JD CYMRU NORTH REPORTS – FEBRUARY 12

Holyhead Hotspur 1 (Gibbs 90+5)

Holywell Town 0

Midfield maestro Jay Gibbs sparked scenes of joy as his 95th minute goal clinched Hotspur a tremendous victory over a Holywell side bang in form and unbeaten in nine league matches – seven of them wins.

Playing against a strong wind in the first half, Holyhead created some good openings with chances falling to Dylan Summers Jones, who dragged the ball wide when through on keeper Keighan Jones, and top-scorer Liam Morris.

Dafydd Jones’ near post shot was kept out by his namesake Keighan.

Holywell failed to make the elements advantage count and finished the half frustrated. 

The Wellmen put some dangerous balls into the box, but were unable to test keeper Alex Lynch, apart from a late Danny Andrews effort which the former Wycombe Wanderers stopper saved well.

Jay Gibbs (right) battles with Holywell’s Zebb Edwards for the ball. Picture: ALUN ROBERTS/FAW

The second period saw the home team camped in the opposition half without really creating any clear cut chances.

Gibbs had a free kick palmed away by Jones, while sub Mel McGinness’ goalbound header was gathered comfortably by the keeper.

At the other end Lynch denied Dave Forbes, but the Wellmen still struggled for opportunities.

Jay Gibbs (No 10) lashes in the deciding goal. Picture: ALUN ROBERTS/FAW

Just as the game was looking like it would end as a draw, substitute Kenleigh Owen cut inside and found Gibbs, who jinked past his marker and finished into the bottom corner to win the game.

Hotspur manager Darren Garmey said: “This was another tough game against the league’s most in-form side. The conditions were tough but I thought we played them well both ways and we are delighted to come away with all three points.

“We defended really well against and even better with the wind at our backs and I cannot stress how important it was that we did that as it gave us the platform to go on and get a winner in what was always going to be a tight game.

“We have drawn a few too many games this season and our aim is to turn those draws into wins so that late piece of quality from KC (Owen) and Jay to get the winner was a nice moment for everyone.”

Holyhead Hotspur

Alex Lynch, Cai Powell Roberts, Adam Pritchard, Luke Roberts, Alex Jones (c), Harry Lewis (Mel McGinness 75), Dafydd Jones, Dean Garmey, Liam Morris (N/A 90+3), Jay Gibbs, Dylan Summers-Jones (Kenleigh Owen 82).

Colwyn Bay 3 Buckley Town 1

James Kirby boosted his league goals tally for the season to 17 from 13 matches with a double in Friday night’s victory over Buckley Town.

Another impressive crowd of 898 was at the Four Crosses Construction Arena to see the Seagulls extend their unbeaten start under manager Steve Evans to four games.

All three goals came in the first half, the victory edging Bay up to fourth in the Cymru North.

Colwyn dominated the first half, with Kirby opening the scoring after only six minutes following a dazzling run from his own half by Joe Williams.

Kirby added a second on 27 minutes from a Ryan Edwards cross.

In the 40th minute Kirby turned provider for Craig Lindfield to make it three.

Kirby went close to making it back-to-back hat-tricks early in the second half and was also denied by Buckley keeper Josef Makaruk as he tried to go round him in a one-on-one.

Town posed more of a threat in the second period, pulling a goal back through Scott McHarrie, and had another effort cleared off the line.

Bay had to dig deep at times, but also had chances to increase their lead.

Conwy Borough 0 Llandudno 4

One of Llandudno’s best results of the season saw them close the gap on leaders Airbus.

Sean Eardley’s side are now just a couple of points behind the Wingmakers, who were held at Penrhyncoch, but Tudno have played a game more than Steve O’Shaughnessy’s table-toppers.

Neil Ashton, Gareth Evans, Dean Seager and Danny Hughes netted the goals at Y Morfa.

Penrhyncoch 1 Airbus UK Broughton 1

A great effort from the Roosters to hold the leaders to a draw.

Geoff Kellaway put Penrhyncoch ahead in the 59th minute, but Ryan Edwards levelled after 70.

Guilsfield 1 Ruthin Town 1

After back-to-back losses at the hands of Holywell, Guilsfield dropped more home points.

Jamie Cumming put Ruthin in front on 21 minutes, but Iwan Matthews’ 52nd minute equaliser earned Guils a draw.

Ruthin had Chris Boyes sent off after 49 minutes for a second yellow card.

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 3 Gresford Athletic 3

All-square in Powys

Gresford started well, debutant Charlie Mann heading the first goal in the 11th minute from a Nathan Williams cross.

However, Llanrhaeadr responded in the 29th minute, with a Chris Aitken shot deflecting off Harrison Lewis into the net.

Athletic came back to regain the lead, Joshua Griffiths picking up the ball and playing it into George Harry, who turned and fired beyond keeper Lee Andrew in the 31st minute.

The home side restored parity again in the 38th minute, Lewis with his second.

Gresford edged in front for the third time on 75, Williams finding Joe Chaplin, who took it around keeper Andrew and slotted home.
Yet again, however, Llanrhaeadr refused to lie down, equalising in the 92nd minute, through Aitken tapping into an open net after keeper Robbie Williams failed to claim the ball.

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