Guilsfield 0-0 Holywell Town
Wellmen pick up good point away at Guilsfield
The Wellmen faced Guilsfield for the second time in a week, looking to gain revenge for last week’s Welsh Cup defeat.
Town started with a couple of changes in the starting line up, with Matty Kendrick coming in for the suspended Gareth Sudlow, and Jamie McDaid slotting back into his usual position on the right after missing last week’s game.
The game started with both teams looking to take control, but straight from the start, we could see today’s game was going to be a tough game between two sides who want to play football. Both sides had good spells of pressure in the opening exchanges, and on 8 minutes, the Wellmen had a goal disallowed. Jamie McDaid won a free kick after being fouled, and Sam Jones’ free kick into the danger area found the head of Steve Lewis, and his looping header back towards goal saw the goal keeper Andy Wycherley gather the ball in the air, but Mark Winslade challenged which saw the goalkeeper fall backwards into the goal and the referee blew for a fould on the keeper.
Guilsfield then had a couple of effort on goal which didn’t test keeper Shaun Pearson, then another foul on Steve Lewis on edge of the box saw Sam Jones take the free kick, but his fierce kick hit the Guilsfield Wall and was cleared with out testing the keeper. Adam Jenkins then had a shot saved well by Pearson, diving low to his right before a spell of pressure by Guilsfield saw Town’s back line deal with what was thrown at them. Guilsfield then had a couple of long throws into the penalty area but again Town dealt with the danger, before Pearson gathered another dangerous cross and was able to stop the home side piling on more pressure.
With 5 minutes remaining of the first half, the home side should have taken the lead, as Gareth Jones picked up the ball on the edge of the area, he turned and fired in a shot but went wide of the post without testing Pearson, and the sides went off for their half time break with the deadlock yet to be broken.
The second half got underway and it was Guilsfield who had the first effort on goal, Pearson saving well from Louis Irvine, before a shot by Andy Ford hit Matty Kendrick and went out for a corner, and from the resulting corner, Callum Bromley got up and headed the ball goalwards, but his effort was gathered well by Pearson. Matty Kendrick was then adjudged to have handled the ball a few yards outside of the area, and from the free kick, Guilsfield’s Irvine saw his effort saved by Pearson.
Town then had a good move, starting from the back, the ball came out to Paul Williams who fed the ball through to Mark Winslade, but he was unable to control the ball and the ball was picked up by the Guilsfield midfielder and cleared to safety. Steve Thomas then came on for McDaid, and straight away went on a good run down the left, beating 2 challenges and as he got midway into the home side’s half, he fed the ball through to Paul Williams but his final ball forward was hit a little too hard and went out for a throw in with Winslade running for it.
As the game entered the final quarter of an hour, neither side had found the net, and Holywell’s supporters, who had turned up in good numbers again, had their hearts in their mouths and a good effort by Guildfield’s Irvine saw Matty Harvey clear the ball off the line, before the ball fell to Jenkins but his low shot hit the side netting. Town then pressed forward, and a good run by Mark Winslade who’s pace was causing problems to his marker lay the ball off to Paul Williams on the edge of the box, but his first-time effort flew over the bar. Town had the grit between their teeth, and another good spell of pressure, saw Steve Lewis burst forward and passed the ball out to Phil Lloyd on the right, but his low dangerous cross was cleared for a corner with Steve Thomas rushing in on the left hand side. On 83 minutes, Steve Lewis was brought down on edge of box, and from the resulting free kick, Lewis got up and took it but his effort went inches wide of Wycherley’s post.
In a final throw of the dice, John Haseldin brought on Brady McGilloway and Graeme Williams for Mark Winslade and Paul Williams, and a good ball over from Steve Thomas in the dying minutes saw the ball fall to McGilloway on the edge of the box, he controlled it and hit a fierce half volley goalwards but the goalkeeper Wycherley, who’s on loan from Welsh Premier League Side TNS, produced a great save to ensure his side picked up a point. The home side then tried to add pressure on the Wellmen goal deep into injury time, but Town held out and picked up a good point away from home.