Holywell Town 5-0 Ruthin Town
Wellmen fire 5 past inform Ruthin Town to remain in second place.
The Wellmen welcomed in form Ruthin Town to Halkyn Road, looking to continue from last week’s win at Holyhead Hotspur to maintain 2nd place in the Huws Gray Alliance League. Manager John Haseldin welcomed back Paul Williams who missed last weeks win through illness, Lee Emberton and Ryan Davies made his first start of the season for the Wellmen. Steve Lewis missed out after been handed a one match ban after picking up 5 yellow cards.
The game started well for the Wellmen, Sam Jones broke down the right and his low cross towards Steve Thomas was blocked well by Ruthin’s Mike Sharples. Ruthin then had a great chance to take the lead when League Top Scorer Llyr Morris had a great shot but goalkeeper Shaun Pearson pulled off a great save tipping the ball over for a corner, then Gwion Owen followed that up with another shot from outside the box which Pearson held well. Pearson was again called into action, saving at the feet of Morris.
A great Crossfield ball by Mark Winslade found Matty Harvey, but his cross was blocked then a few minutes later, Paul Williams was put through by Sam Jones, but his effort past the advancing Dylan Jones saw the ball roll agonisingly past the post for a goal kick. Steve Thomas then won a free kick in a dangerous position, and Sam Jones stood over the ball and with everyone expecting him to float it into the box, Jones rolled the ball to the unmarked Brady McGilloway but his shot flew over the bar. Ruthin’s keeper Jones then lost the ball outside the area under the pressure of Sam Jones, but as Jones ran goalwards with the keeper chasing him, Jones ball back to the middle saw Ruthin’s Sharples intercept the ball and the move broke down. And a few minutes before the break, McGilloway nearly broke the deadlock but his shot flew inches wide of the post.
With the scores level at the break, the second half was only a couple of minutes old when Steve Thomas was felled in the box and won a penalty for the Wellmen, and Sam Jones fired home from the spot to put the Wellmen into the lead. Town instantly looked to increase their lead, and a few minutes after the goal, a Sam Jones corner found Matty Harvey but his header went inches wide of the post.
With nearly an hour on the clock, Ruthin broke and Llyr Morris ran goalwards with Jon Jones and a great tackle by Jones saw Morris fall to the ground in which the referee booked him for diving. A few minutes later, Town increased their lead. Matty Harvey doubled the Wellmen's lead on 63 minutes when he headed home a great ball in from the right, and only a minute later, Sam Jones increased Town's lead with a well taken goal to virtually guarantee the points for the home side.
Ruthin still looked to get back in it and a good shot by Craig Wilkinson was only a couple of inches to high and flew over Pearson’s crossbar, and any pressure on the Wellmen’s goal was dealt brilliantly by Town’s back four, with Jon Jones and Matty Kendrick were outstanding in the heart of defence.
As the game entered the final ten minutes, Town increased their lead as Sam Jones completed his hat trick (see picture), after a great ball over from Steve Thomas after he won the ball deep in his own half, saw Jones break free before rounding the keeper to fire the ball home to great applause by the Wellmen faithful, then Town completed their scoring with a couple of minutes on the clock when sub Marc Gunther headed the ball home to round off the scoring and his trademark celebration was cheered by the Holywell supporters.
Llyr Morris then had another shot which went over the cross bar in what was the last attack of the game, and as the referee blew for full time for a convincing win which keeps Holywell Town in second place, 4 points adrift of league leaders Caernarfon Town and a point ahead of Denbigh Town who are in 3rd place. Well done lads!