Holywell Town 0-2 Guilsfield
The Wellmen fall to defeat against Guilsfield in penultimate home game of the season.
The game started well for Town, Steve Thomas and Sam Jones linking up well but Jones was unable to get his shot in, then Mark Winslade cut insode past his marker, and laid the ball off to Jones but his shot went wide of Lee Andrew's goal. Matty Harvey then ran goalwards and into the penalty area, and his low cross from the byline was cleared by the Guilsfield defender for a corner with Winslade waiting to pounce near the goal.
Guilsfield had a couple of half chances, with Asa Hamilton coming the closest but then Town nearly took the lead, Matty Harvey heading wide from a Sam Jones corner. Then Town's best chance of the half fell to Winslade, who's pace saw him leave his marker and his shot was saved by the legs of the on coming keeper and the ball was cleared to safety. Winslade was again involved in Town's next attack but his cross was a little too high for everyone and went out for a goal kick. Then, with time running out in the half, Guilsfield hit a sucker punch for the Wellmen, as Centre Back Robbie James headed home past Shaun Pearson to give the visitors a half time lead.
The second half started and Town needed an early goal to get back into the match. With barely a minute on the clock, slack defending saw Guilsfield's Stuart Rogers burst forward from his own half, he beat a few players and found himself in the box with only Pearson to beat, but from a tight angle his shot came back out off the post. The ball then fell to Guilsfield's Jake Cooke at the edge of the area, he turned and watched his shot beat Pearson's dive and nestled into the back of the net via the post to give the visitors a two goal lead.
Town had a mountain to climb now to get anything out of the game and to make matters worse for Town, Sam Jones was then sent off for his second yellow card of the afternoon. Mark Winslade and Andrew Ford clashed and both were booked for what followed, then Jones got himself booked for getting involved, before the match referee, before the match had restarted, then showed Jones a second yellow card for unsporting behaviour and the Wellmen were down to 10 men.
Phil Lloyd had a cross come shot tipped over the bar by Andrew before Guilsfield had a chance to increase their lead as a ball over the defence fell to Asa Hamilton, but his shot went high and wide of Pearson's goal. Guilsfield's Stuart Rogers then headed over from a corner before Town's best chance of the second half as the goalkeeper slipped on the edge of the box and Winslade picked up the loose ball, before laying it on to substitute Shaun Tuck who's shot was blocked on the line by Guilsfield's Callum Weetman. Town's last chance fell to Matty Kendrick who's header from Steve Thomas' free kick went wide of the target.
As the referee blew for full time, the lads left the field disappointed and will now need to pick themselves up ahead of Wednesday night's visit of Denbigh Town to Halkyn Road.