Ruthin Town 4-4 Holywell Town
Wellmen throw away lead to come home from Ruthin with a point.
Holywell Town travelled to Ruthin hoping to pick up 3 points but were left disappointed after Ruthin equalised with virtually the last kick of the game.
The game started well for the Wellmen, and they took the lead after 10 minutes from recent signing Mark Winslade, who headed home to give Town a great start. Winslade was causing problems for the home defence and he had a shot saved well by Ruthin’s Ryan Goldston on 25 minutes, as he palmed the ball out for a corner. Steve Thomas took the corner kick and it flew straight into the net to give the Wellmen a 2-0 lead.
The home side were back in the game in the 35th minute as Joe Griffiths was adjudged to have brought down their striker, and referee James Walker pointed to the penalty spot. The home side’s Llyr Morris stepped up and fired the ball home to make it 2-1. The goal lifted Ruthin Town and ex Wellmen Sam Jones had a shot which was blocked by Steve Thomas close to the goal line. Ruthin Town then won a free kick close to the edge of the goal area, and Jones stepped up to take and his kick flew into the top corner, giving Griffiths no chance and the sides were level.
With the last piece of action, Steve Lewis watched as his shot just flew over the bar and as the sides went off for their half time break, the scores were locked at 2-2. The second half got underway and it was Holywell putting on the pressure looking to carve an opening to regain the lead. The first real chance of the half fell to Lewis, who found himself with only the keeper to beat, but his effort flew inches wide of the upright.
Still Town pressed for a goal, and from a corner, Gareth Sudlow was pushed in the back as he attempted to head the ball and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Jamie McDaid stepped up to take and his spot kick flew in to give Town the lead. Winslade then burst down the wing, and his low cross into the box was blocked by Ruthin’s Kevin Evans who nearly put the ball into his own net but fell inches wide of Goldston’s post.
Town were looking to increase their lead and they did shortly afterwards, Steve Thomas’ cross was met by Gareth Sudlow’s head and the ball flew into the net giving the keeper no chance as he dived to attempt to get a hand to it. With an hour on the clock, Jordan Maccarter fired over as Ruthin looked to get back into the game. Danny Desormeaux was only inches to high with a shot shortly afterwards before Ruthin’s Craig Wilkinson saw his shot saved by Joe Griffiths.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes, the home side pulled one back, a Ruthin corner from the left saw the ball fall in the penalty area, and from a goalmouth scramble with the Wellmen trying to clear, Llyr Morris was on hand to poke the ball home to grab his second goal of the game. The Wellmen looked to increase their lead, and very nearly did a few minutes later. Steve Lewis took a quick free kick to McDaid, who laid it off for Lewis to try his luck, and his fierce shot was heading to the roof of the net but Goldston was on hand to tip the ball over for a corner. Minutes later, Steve Thomas had a shot saved by the Ruthin keeper and with the game in injury time, things got worse for the Wellmen. A free kick was conceded midway in the Holywell Town half and Tom Roberts stepped up to take it, and his kick beat everyone and found its way into the back of the net for a bizarre goal which levelled the scores. It was very harsh on Town to concede in such a way and as the referee blew for full time, the Wellmen will feel that its 2 points lost than a point gained.