Holywell Town FC

Town denied three points after Pwllheli snatch an equaliser in injury time.

Pwllheli 3 - 3 Holywell Town

Town travelled to Pwllheli, confidence high after Wednesday nights excellent win over Caernarfon Town and came home from the Lleyn Peninsular with a point after a pulsating game of football at Pwllheli’s Rec Ground.

Pwllheli had the first chot on goal, Danny Stanton saving well from Mark Bridge. Holywell had the next chance as Sam Jones brought out a save from Jamie Underwood after a great cross in by Graeme Williams. Jones then set up Tony Roebuck but his shot flew wide of the goal.

Pwllheli then took the lead as the dangerous Mark Bridge crossed well to Jamie Banks who fired home from close range. This was not the start that the Wellmen were hoping for. Town responded straight away and were unlucky not to equalise a few minutes later as Matty Roberts’ free kick flew inches wide of the post. With Holywell still on the attack looking for the equaliser, Pwllheli counter attacked and Terry Ogilvy passed the ball through to Bridge who rounded Stanton but his effort was cleared off the line. Bridge soon made amends a few minutes later, scoring Pwllheli’s second of the afternoon as he fired past Stanton to make it 2-0.

The game was end to end stuff and Sam Jones went close for the Wellmen before Jamie Banks had his effort saved by Stanton. Ashley Durham then had an effort go over the bar. Town then put PWllheli under a lot of pressure, Roebuck firing inches wide, before Ian Griffiths was tackled just as he was about to fire goalwards. Paul Williams then saw his effort saved well by Underwood before Mark Orme headed over from a Matty Roberts corner. The half ended with Durham and Griffiths both going close but Town couldn’t get the equaliser they thoroughly deserved.

After the break, Town finally got the goal they deserves as Graeme Williams’ shot from 25 yards out was only parried into the net by Underwood. The goal gave Town the lift they needed and a few minutes later, Town equalised. Steve Thomas whipped in a great cross and Griffiths’ overhead kick hit the post before Griffiths picked himself up and headed the rebound into the roof of the net.

Mark Bridge was denied a shot on goal after a great tackle by Ashley Durham before more pressure by the visitors as we looked for a third. Matty Roberts whipped in a cross which was headed off the line by Martyn Smith before Steve Thomas and Mark Orme both headed over the bar from good positions. Tom Povey and Durham again headed wide of the target.

Pwllheli then had a couple of chances, Martin Smith’s deflected free kick saved by Stanton and Terry Ogilvy then shot wide when in a great position in front of goal. With barely a few minutes left on the clock, Town won a free kick. Sam Jones whipped the ball into the box which was flicked on but cleared on the line, but lurking was Steve Thomas who fired home to fire the Wellmen into the lead with the 90 minutes played.

Disaster struck a 3 minutes into injury time as Pwllheli scored the equaliser as Mark Jones ran on towards goal and beat a couple of tackles before firing into the net via the post. Still Town weren’t beaten as they went looking for the winner. Sam Jones delivered a corner to the far post and John Haseldin had a header cleared off the line before Steve Thomas delivered a free kick from the right towards the far post, and again, Haseldin saw his header come back off the post and cleared to safety. The referee then blew for full time in what had been a great game, but Town were unlucky not to pick up all three points.

Other Division 1 Results

Llandudno Junction 3 1 Nefyn Utd Att. 100
Barmouth & Dyffryn Utd 4 1 Llangefni Town Att. 125
Pwllheli 3 3 Holywell Town Att. 125
Llanrwst Utd 2 1 Gwalchmai Att. 75
Glantraeth 1 3 Llanberis Att. 50
Caernarfon Town 7 0 Glan Conwy Att. 150