Llandudno Junction 2-3 Holywell Town
The Wellmen come from behind to take the points at the Flyover.
The Wellmen travelled to bottom team Llandudno Junction looking for three points to climb back up to the top 5 in the Huws Gray Alliance, and made a great start with the first chance of the afternoon falling to Sam Jones but his snapshot was easily gathered by Keighan Jones in the Junction goal. Junction’s Joe Morgan then fired over the bar for the home side. With 8 minutes on the clock, it was disaster for the Wellmen as the home side took the lead. A cross in from the left saw David Walsh go to gather the ball, but he dropped it at his feet and Junction's’ Dan Seager was able to tap the loose ball home.
Town looked to get back into the game and a good move saw the ball come over the top for Graeme Williams to chase and he was brought down by the Jucntion defender, and surprisingly, wasn’t cautioned for the challenge. Town still pressed for the equaliser and it came on 27 minutes through Steve Lewis. A good ball over the top saw Lewis beat the off side trap and found himself one on one with the keeper, and Lewis controlled the ball before shooting past the advancing keeper to level the scores.
Town looked dangerous and a good cross by Lewis saw Sam Jones’ header go inches wide then with the last attack of the half, David Walsh made up for his earlier error by producing a great one handed tip over save to prevent Junction regaining the lead from a free kick just outside the penalty area.
The second half got underway with Town knowing they had to convert some of the chances that came their way, and Sam Jones go the ball in the net on 52 minutes but was adjudged to have been offside by match referee Ashley Jones. Town had a couple of half chances which didn’t really test the Junciton keeper, then just before the hour mark, the home side regained the lead. A Free kick from the right saw Joe Morgan rise well to send a glancing header into the bottom corner past the despairing dive of Walsh to make it 2-1.
The goal shook the Wellmen and they upped the gear looking to get back into the game, and a good move down the right saw Phil Lloyd’s cross fall to Jamie McDaid, but his shot flew over the bar. Danny Desormeaux, who was having a great game in the middle of the park, crossed a great ball in the penalty box and the unmarked Phil Lloyd saw Jones make a great save to deny him the goal and to put the ball out for a corner. From the resulting corner, Jon Jones rose well to head the ball goalwards but it flew over the bar. The equaliser came soon after, Sam Jones beating the offside to fire past his namesake Jones with a great finish. Barely a couple of minutes had past and the Wellmen supporters had a bigger reason to celebrate as Town took the lead. A great cross into the box by Graeme Williams saw McDaid beat his marker and his header found the back of the net to give Town the lead.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Lewis was unlucky to fire the ball over when in a good position. Town defended well from late pressure by the home side. A shot was deflected out by Graeme Williams for a corner, and Town absorbed the pressure and the final chance of the half fell to Morgan who headed the ball over and unable to test Walsh. The referee blew for full time and the Wellmen claimed the points in a hard fought victory, and 7 points out of a possible nine this week see’s the Wellmen climb to 5th position in the League before next week’s difficult game at home to 3rd place Porthmadog.