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Holywell Town
Gresford Athletic
S Lewis (81'), D Desormeaux (92'), G Sudlow (85' Sent Off)
Full time
Wed 20 Sep 19:30 - Huws Gray Alliance League - Huws Gray Alliance Attendance 147

Holywell Town 2-2 Gresford Athletic

Town score two late goals to share the spoils against Gresford Athletic.

The Wellmen welcomed Gresford Athletic to Halkyn Road for the Huws Gray Alliance League match under lights and the visitors had a dream start after Owen Roberts gave them the lead with a couple of minutes on the clock. The Wellmen looked for an instant response and a Sam Jones run towards goal saw him tripped up and Steve Lewis put the resulting free kick over the bar.

A poor clearance by Andrew Hughes nearly gave Gresford’s Arron Edwards the opportunity to double their lead but his effort fell wide of the post. Town were forced to make a substitution after 20 minutes when Steve Thomas was forced off through injury, and he was replaced by Darren Gowans. Shortly afterwards, things got worse for Town as Gresford doubled their lead, Owen Roberts half volley found the back of the net for his second goal of the night.

Gareth Sudlow conceded a free kick midway in Towns half and from resulting free kick Gresford’s Jack Jones came back off the cross bar, much to the relief of the Holywell Town players, and then Town broke with Steve Lewis, his powerful run forward saw him break clear and fed the ball to Jamie McDaid but his shot was blocked by the last Gresford defender and unfortunately, fell just wide of the post for a corner.
With the game entering the final few minutes, Town went close to reducing the deficit when the ball fell to Mark Winslade, but his shot whizzed past Mike Platt’s post. The referee blew for half time and Town had a mountain to climb in the second half.

Holywell Town 2-2 Gresford Athletic - 20th Sept 2017 (c) Chris Noble
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The second half kicked off with Town attacking the Town End goal, and a good ball out to Darren Gowans on the left saw him control and come inside and his fierce shot went wide of the target. A few minutes later, Winslade had a header loop over Mike Platt but fell over his crossbar. With 10 minutes of the half played, Gresford went close to increasing their lead, Jack Jones shot parried away by Andy Hughes for a corner.

Gresford’s Tom Williams then broke clear from defence and ran the full length of pitch, but went for glory and his shot was saved by Hughes when Gresford had a player free to his right. Steve Lewis then beat a few challenges but his shot was blocked and the chance had gone. Gresford then had an effort saved by Hughes, which looked like it had crept in but the ball had gone out for a corner. A good move by Town saw Sam Jones burst down the left, and his cross was picked up by Graeme Williams and his shot was blocked, the ball fell kindly to Lewis and unfortunately for him and Town, his shot was deflected out for a corner. Town pressed again looking to get a goal, but the ball wouldn’t go in for Town, another shot by Gowans took a deflection out for a corner but it came to nothing.

Town then won a free kick in a dangerous position, and Steve Lewis’ fierce free kick was brilliantly saved by ex Town keeper Mike Platt. Town were looking dangerous, and the goal finally came on 81 minutes, Steve Lewis controlled the ball well on the edge of the box, before firing low into the corner to beat Platt. Town were back into it, but a minute later, it took a good save by Hughes to deny the visitors Dave Macintyre to increase their lead and put the game to bed. Town were dealt a blow with 5 minutes remaining as Gareth Sudlow received his second yellow card for a foul on the Gresford’s Midfielder. Not to be let down by this setback, the Wellmen fought on, and as the game entered the final couple of minutes, Town had Gresford’s backs against the wall and were looking for the equaliser. The referee had indicated that we were now into stoppage time and Town still pressed for the equaliser. With 2 minutes of added time played, Town broke Gresford’s hearts. A corner from the left saw the ball fall into the danger area, and a goal mouth scramble ensued which saw Town’s Danny Desormeaux poke the ball home to salvage a last minute point for the Wellmen.

Town looked for a last gasp winner with time ticking away but it wasn’t to be, and the Wellmen would be proud of the comeback to claim a point after a better 2nd half performance. Town next face Llandudno Junction on Saturday looking to keep the unbeaten run going.

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Key moments

Goal Steve Lewis scores for Holywell Town
Red Card Gareth Sudlow is sent off for Holywell Town
90:00 +2:00
Goal Danny Desormeaux scores for Holywell Town


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90:00 +2:00 Goal 2 - 0
Danny Desormeaux scores for Holywell Town
85:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Gareth Sudlow is sent off for Holywell Town
81:00 Goal 1 - 0
Steve Lewis scores for Holywell Town
75:00 Sub On
Jack Pennington is substituted on for Holywell Town
75:00 Sub Off
Mark Winslade is substituted off for Holywell Town
58:00 Sub On
Graeme Williams is substituted on for Holywell Town
58:00 Sub Off
Jamie McDaid is substituted off for Holywell Town
End of period 1
27:00 Yellow Card
Gareth Sudlow is yellow carded for Holywell Town
20:00 Sub On
Darren Gowans is substituted on for Holywell Town
20:00 Sub Off
Steve Thomas is substituted off for Holywell Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Holywell Town
  • Gresford Athletic
  • 0
  • Darren Gowans Sub On 20:00'
  • Steve Thomas Sub Off 20:00'
  • Gareth Sudlow Yellow Card 27:00'
  • Graeme Williams Sub On 58:00'
  • Jamie McDaid Sub Off 58:00'
  • Jack Pennington Sub On 75:00'
  • Mark Winslade Sub Off 75:00'
  • Steve Lewis Goal 81:00'
  • Gareth Sudlow Red Card 85:00'
  • Danny Desormeaux Goal 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Hughes, Andrew Hughes, Andrew
Jones, Jonathon Jones, Jonathon
Kendrick, Matthew Kendrick, Matthew
Jones, Sam Jones, Sam
Sudlow, Gareth Sudlow, Gareth
Thomas, Steve Thomas, Steve
McDaid, Jamie McDaid, Jamie
Williams , Paul D Williams , Paul D
Lewis, Steve Lewis, Steve
Winslade, Mark Winslade, Mark
Desormeaux, Danny Desormeaux, Danny

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Caernarfon Town 28 65
2. Denbigh Town 28 60
3. Airbus Broughton 28 54
4. Guilsfield 28 53
5. Holywell Town 28 50
6. Rhyl 28 47
7. Porthmadog 28 44

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