Airbus Broughton 1-4 Holywell Town
The Wellmen return from the Hollingsworth Group Stadium with all 3 points after a deserved victory
Played on a bitterly cold afternoon, the Wellmen started brightly with Brady McGilloway and Sam Jones causing problems for the home side's back four, and with a couple of minutes on the clock, Jones broke clear down the left and lay the ball off to McGilloway, who then crossed the ball to Steve Lewis but the forward was in an offside position.
Jones was involved in the Wellmen's first goal after five minutes had been played. Picking up the ball in midfield, Jones ran down the left hand side, and then cut inside into the box and his low cross into the danger area was only parried by the goalkeeper and the ball fell to Steve Lewis who fired the ball into the rough of the net to give the Wellmen a great start.
Steve Thomas was next to test Andy Coughlin in the Airbus goal, his run saw him beat the challenges of 3 defenders, but Coughlin saved well from Thomas’ shot. Airbus then had their first real attack on the Wellmen goal, winning themselves a corner, but the resulting corner saw the ball fall to Graeme Williams who fed the ball through to Lewis. He ran forward before crossing the ball over the top to the unmarked Jones, but the linesman on the farside raised his flag as Jones was offside.
The home side equalised with twenty five minutes played, the ball falling to Leo Riley, who controlled the ball well before firing into the top corner past Shaun Pearson, giving the keeper no chance. Brady McGilloway then had a shot blocked after another great run, before 9 was put through on goal, but Pearson was down well to save his low shot.
Town still created chances, and added a deserved second with ten minutes remaining of the first half. Lewis picked up the ball close to the halfway line, and his powerful run saw him beat the challenge of the defender, and once past him, there was no stopping Lewis, who ran into the box, before firing goal wards, and the advancing keeper could only get a touch to the ball and the pace saw the ball loop into the net, much tot eh delight of the travelling support who had gathered behind the goal.
McGilloway had another shot saved after the Wellmen broke clear, with Mark Winslade running down the right before crossing to McGilloway but couldn’t get a good contact on the ball, and his tame shot was saved.
The score remained 2-1 at the break, and five minutes into the second half, Town increased their lead as Sam Jones fired home a penalty after Jon Jones had been fouled in the penalty area. The Wellmen continued to press looking for more goals and another good move saw WInslade burst down the right, beats his defender and sends in a low cross towards Steve Thomas, but his shot came back off the cross bar and was cleared to safety. Wes Baynes then fouled Brady McGilloway, but the referee played the advantage and Thomas picked up the ball and his low effort was palmed away by Coughlin for a corner.
Wes Baynes then had a shot which Pearson easily saved before Paul Williams, who worked tirelessly in the heart of midfield all game fed the ball through to McGilloway, but his shot was saved by Coughlin. As the game entered the final 10 minutes, the home side won a free kick on the right, and a good cross into the box saw Jamie Crowther leap high but his header flew over the bar. Stuart Hayes then replaced the outstanding Mark Winslade, who received a great ovation from the Holywell Town supporters.
Lewis then won a corner for the Wellmen, which came to nothing and with time ticking away, the Wellmen introduced Morgan Jones for McGilloway, who also received a great ovation for his performance, and Jones nearly got himself on the scoresheet, after a great move down the right saw Steve Thomas lay the ball off to Jones infront of goal, but the youngster failed to get his shot in after trying to control the ball, and the extra second taken saw the Airbus defence able to make a last ditch challenge to prevent Jones from firing goalwards.
Town added a 4th in injury time and rounded off the scoring as Lewis completed his hat trick, picking up the ball midway inside the Airbus half before running in on goal and firing past Andy Coughlin for the third time of the afternoon to give Town a 4-1 lead.
IT was a great team performance with every player giving it their all, and the Wellmen will be glad to get back to winning ways after their performances of late.