Cymru North – dramatic draw for Hotspur, Boro grab surprise win at Holywell, Bay hit five

Holyhead Hotspur goalkeeper Adam Martin, plus defenders Cai Powell Roberts (left) and Luke Roberts, aim to stop Buckley’s Asa Hamilton from scoring. Picture: TREVOR JONES, BTFC

JD CYMRU NORTH REPORTS – APRIL 8-9

Buckley Town 2 (Moore 47, Jones 64)
Holyhead Hotspur 2 (Owen 90+2, Doran 90+7)

Two stoppage time goals rescued a point for Hotspur against 10-man Buckley,

Holyhead manager Darren Garmey demanded a reaction after his team’s 5-0 loss at Ruthin Town the previous weekend and he certainly got it – although perhaps he might have wished they had not left their escape act quite so late!

Garmey said: “Today was all about getting a reaction after last week’s defeat and I thought in the first half we played well but then found it difficult to play against the 10 men.

“Buckley will no doubt feel hard done by as we did not test the keeper at all in the second half until injury time, but credit to our lads they pushed right until the end.”

In a highly competitive first half, Holyhead created the better chances.

A header from top-scorer Liam Morris was parried onto the underside of the crossbar by keeper Joe O’Connor to the despair of the travelling fans.

Buckley also struck the woodwork, but just before half time the hosts had key front man Asa Hamilton red carded following a late challenge on Cai Powell Roberts.

Fantastic goalmouth action from photographer TREVOR JONES as Holyhead Hotspur (blue and white) defend against Buckley, whose defender Danny Burgess (No 5) heads across the six-yard box

As sometimes happens, the hosts emerged the better side for going down to 10 men as the second half got underway.

In the 47th minute, some hesitant defending of a set piece proved costly, leaving Keiron Moore to tap in at the near post.

Hotspur laboured but could not create any chances and it was Buckley who went further ahead on 66 minutes when Josh Jones finished well from 18 yards.

Substitutions followed for the visitors and it was the introduction of Kenleigh Owen that kicked Holyhead into action.

It was Owen’s finish from close range in the 92nd minute that gave Hotspur hope.

Then with seconds remaining, Jay Gibbs’ free kick was deflected, wrong-footing the keeper who could only spill the ball to Leon Doran, who bundled in the equaliser.

Holywell Town 2 Conwy Borough 3

The ever-photogenic goalkeeper Keighan Jones in action for Holywell against Conwy. Picture: LEE PAUL DOUGLAS

Rory Crowther produced a man of the match performance in goal as his Conwy side unexpectedly grabbed the points at Halkyn Road.

Friday night’s match at the newly-named Achieve More Training Stadium proved quite a thriller.

The Wellmen very nearly had a dream start when Dylan Allshorn’s effort was destined for the bottom corner but Crowther stretched and got a palm to the ball to turn it away.

Soon after the visitors took the lead. Keeper Keighan Jones rushed out of his area to clear a through ball.

He headed towards Tom Bibby, who slipped but tried to clear only for the ball to fall to Morgan Murray, who fired into an empty net.

Holywell rallied, Dave Forbes denied by a great Crowther stop before Danny Andrews struck the post.

Borough nearly doubled their lead when a shot by Meilir Williams clipped the left hand upright.

Crowther performed marvels to keep out a Forbes header, then Jones thwarted Williams at the other end,

Town deservedly levelled on 21 minutes, Forbes this time seeing his header hit the back of the net.

On the half-hour a great free kick from skipper Andrews made it 2-1 to Johnny Haseldin’s men.

Ten minutes into the second half the visitors were level when Jones blocked Meilir Williams’ shot, but Cory Williams scored from the rebound.

Zebb Edwards thought he had regained the lead for Town but the referee had already blown for handball.

Disaster struck for the hosts as they fell behind on 71 minutes. A good run into the box by Ben Lockley saw his low cross stopped by keeper Jones, but the loose ball fell to Meilir Williams, who tapped home.

Holywell now upped the pressure, Crowther somehow managing to keep the ball out during a frantic attack.

A corner to the far post was headed home by Bibby, but as everyone celebrated, the referee blew to disallow the goal for something only he saw.

Town pressed for a late equaliser to no avail and at full time and the hosts were left to rue those missed chances – and a Crowther wonder show.

Colwyn Bay 5 Llanrhaeadr YM 0

Bay ended their home campaign with a five-goal victory over bottom side Llanrhaeadr YM to stay within a point of third-placed Guilsfield, having played a game more.

James Kirby netted his 21st goal of the campaign with a shot from distance to give the Seagulls a 1-0 half-time lead.

Bay ran away with the game in the second half with further goals from skipper Tom McCready on 61 minutes, Craig Lindfield after 66, Sam Jones on 70 and a first since rejoining the club for substitute Ash Woods on 87 with a fine volley on the turn.

Gresford Athletic 4 Penrhyncoch 2

Despite losing a two-goal lead Gresford produced a strong finish at Clappers Lane to take the three points.

Athletic started well and made it count in the 16th minute when Jack Jones’ header gave them the lead from a Simon Smith corner.

Their score was quickly doubled in the 20th minute when Penrhyncoch goalkeeper Leigh Jenkins conceded possession to Dominic Deacon, who found the net.

However, Penrhyn fought hard and some home defensive errors gave the visitors a way back into the game.

Geoff Kellaway pulled one back in the 30th minute and then Taylor Watts made it 2-2 on the stroke of half time.

The Colliers dominated the second half, but it took until the 78th minute for their efforts to pay off when substitute Will Roberts scored on his first 2021/22 appearance, Deacon making the assist.

Then, to finish off the game, Gresford scored a fourth , thanks to another substitute Tomos Williams driving with the ball after a Will Roberts pass and slotting it into the bottom corner.

Deacon picked up the man of the match award after scoring his first goal for the club and grabbing an assist.

Llangefni Town 1 Ruthin Town 1

A fifth draw in seven matches for Llangefni, who took a 46th minute lead through James Phillips.

Harry Owen equalised for fifth-place Ruthin on 67 minutes.

Prestatyn Town 0 Guilsfield 2

First half goals from Jamie Hyne and Iwan Lewis banked the points for third-placed Guilsfield against a Prestatyn outfit which remains in the bottom three after no wins in 10 matches.

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