Holwyell Town 2-2 Rhyl
The Wellmen fight back to claim point against Rhyl
The Wellmen welcomed Rhyl to Halkyn Road for the first time in a large number of years, and both clubs relished the fixture from when the fixtures were announced a couple of months ago.
The visitors were the first to have a real shot on goal, after former Holywell Town player Tom Rowlands shot over after a good run. A few minutes later, the Wellmen had their first chance, a good move from the middle of the park saw the ball go wide to Brady McGilloway, and his run to the box saw him cross the ball low across the face of goal but Steve Lewis was only inches away from connecting to tap the ball home. Jamie Whithouse then went close for the visitors before Rhyl took the lead on 18 minutes. Rowlands feeds the ball to Mark Connolly who fires home past Joe Griffiths. More Rhyl pressure saw Connolly and fire over on a couple of occasions, before a good ball by Danny Desormeaux saw him feed the ball to Steve Lewis, but Rhyl keeper Rory Crowther blocked his shot and was able to gather on the second attempt close to his left hand post.
Paul D Williams forced Crowther to pull off a great save then just on the stroke of half time, the visitors increased their lead through Alex Titchiner. Lewis loses the ball and Rhyl break and Titichiner fires home from a tight angle.
It was harsh on the wellmen to concede so late in the half and gave the lads a mountain to climb in the second half and the Wellmen were given the perfect opportunity to pull a goal back a couple of minutes into the second half. Alex Jones was adjudged to have handled the ball and up stepped Lewis to take the spot kick, but keeper Crowther pulled off a great save, diving to his left to save Lewis’ spot kick.
The Wellmen pilled on the pressure looking to get back into the game and despite Rhyl having a good penalty claim turned down, it was the Wellmen who looked most likely to score. Pressure on the Rhyl goal saw the ball fall to the unmarked Matty Kendrick, who was able to turn and fire the ball home with Crowther well beaten to make the score 2-1 to the visitors. The Wellmen were then dealt a blow as Matty Harvey was shown a second yellow card and was subsequently sent off to leave the Wellmen to play the remaining half hour or so with 10 men.
Still Holywell pressed on looking for the equaliser, and Lewis went close firing over from a good position. As the game entered the final 5 minutes, Town were still pressing for the equaliser, and it came on 88 minutes as Steve Lewis’ glancing header beat Crowther to score the deserved equaliser. With the game in injury time, Joe Griffiths pulled off a great save to deny sub Jack Hoult to make sure Town picked up a deserved point based on their second half performance playing with 10 men.
The Wellmen will look to keep their unbeaten start to the season at home to Flint Town United on Wednesday night and the lads will take great heart coming from behind to earn a point against the Lillywhites.