Queens Park 0- 3 Holywell Town
Wellmen return home from Stansty Park with all three points.
The Wellmen made the journey to Stansty Park to face Queens Park, looking for three points to remain in 3rd place in the league.
Town had a dream start and went a goal up on 4 minutes, ball came over from the right to Sam Jones on the left hand side. He controlled the ball well, turned to his right then from easy 25 yards, shooting the ball curling towards the top corner of the goal and it flew in, giving keeper Callum Thornham no chance.
Queens Park’s first effort on goal came from Michael Latham’s free kick, but it flew over Shaun Pearson’s crossbar without testing the keeper. Sam Jones was getting a lot of space on the left, and he sent another dangerous cross into the box but Jon Jones’ glancing header went inches wide of the post. Town then thought they had increased their lead, Jones fed the ball through defence for Graeme Williams to chase, and he controlled the ball before shooting low into the corner but the match official deemed him to be in an offside position and the goal was disallowed.
Danny Myers headed over for Queens Park before a quick break saw the ball passed out to Jamie McDaid, who switched the ball to the unmarked Paul Williams who bore down on goal, he slightly over hit the ball past the keeper, and his low cross into the centre was cleared before the on-coming McDaid and Winslade could get to it. Town didn’t have to wait too long for the next goal as Mark Winslade added Town’s second just after the half hour mark. Picking the ball up just inside the Queens Park half, Winslade burst through on goal down the right and his fierce shot from outside the box beat the dive of the goalkeeper, and came off the post towards the opposite side of the goal, and fortunately for Town, the ball hit the other post which then saw the ball come to rest in the back of the net.
Despite half chances to both teams after the goal, there was no change to the scoreline which saw the Wellmen take a 2 goal cushion into the second half.
Queens Park had the better of the start of the second half, putting pressure on the Wellmen’s back four, but Town’s rear-guard held well and controlled and cleared anything put to towards them. Town nearly increased their lead on the hour mark as a good corner from the left from Steve Thomas saw Gareth Sudlow rise above the defender, but his goalbound header was cleared off the line for a corner. From the resulting corner, Town’s Sam Jones, Mark Winslade and Graeme Williams all had shots blocked on the line by the Queens Park defenders in a goal mouth scramble before the ball was finally cleared to safety.
Winslade then had a shot saved well by Thornham before he scored Town’s third and his second of the afternoon on 78 minutes. Sam Jones put a great ball through a couple of defenders and Winslade burst through before firing past Thornham to seal the 3 points. Town had good claims for a penalty turned down by the referee after Paul D Williams was brought down by a Queens Park defender before Williams was denied by a good save by the keeper who palmed the ball away after being in a one on one situation with Town’s midfielder.
As the game entered into injury time, the home side were reduced to 10 men after Tony Jones’ high tackle on Jack Pennington saw the player receive a red card off the referee, and once the situation had calmed down, the game resumed and Town held on for the three points which sees the Wellmen consolidate 3rd place in the Huws Gray Alliance.