Denbigh Town 1-5 Holywell Town
The opening game of the season saw the Wellmen make the short journey to Central Park to face Denbigh Town.
The game was barely a couple of minutes old when the Wellmen took the lead. A great ball found Steve Lewis, who controlled well
Before slotting the ball past the Denbigh goalkeeper Jon Hill-Dunt and the Wellmen were ahead.
Both sides played good football, with chances falling to both sides but the score remained as it was until the final 5 minutes of the half. Denbigh Town equalised on 41 minutes through Jake Eyre, who fired last Joe Griffiths in Holywell's goal.
The goal lifted Denbigh Town, but disaster struck for the hosts a minute or so later as Craig Pritchard saw a straight red for a rash challenge.
With the scores level at the break, The Wellmen had the advantage of playing the second half against 10 men, and took advantage of this with a couple of minutes on the clock as Shaun Tuck pounced to put the Wellmen ahead for the second time in the game.
10 minutes later, it was 3-1. Lewis, put through on goal looked up and saw that Jamie McDaid was free, so unselfishly passed the ball across to him and McDaid placed the ball home. With 75 minutes played, Lewis grabbed his second and Town's 4th goal of the game, flicking the ball home past Hill-Dunt.
With the minutes ticking away, The Wellmen completed the scoring when McDaid grabbed his second of the game, this time from the penalty spot to make the score 5-1 to the Wellmen. The referee blew for Full Time and the Wellmen's season's was up and running, and the Supporters who had made the journey to Central Park left happy with the result and performance.
Manager John Haseldin was full of praise for his side after the game, "A perfect start for us today and a great 3 points, obviously to score 5 away from home against a top team in the league is very satisfying.
The sending off was a turning point , of course its changed the game, this coming after they had got themselves back into the game. Eddie is a honest guy and he'll feel frustrated with the player because there was no need for him to make the tackle and jump in like that.
We will enjoy that start tonight and winning breeds confidence and its a great start to a really tough month. Rhyl next we will look forward to that one and hopefully take our good form into that one.
The Wellmen welcome relegated Rhyl to Halkyn Road next Saturday looking to make it 2 out of 2. The match kicks off at 2.30pm.