Holywell Town 1-1 Caernarfon Town
Great game at Halkyn Road as the Wellmen and the Cofi's share the spoils.
The game started well for the Wellmen and first chance fell to Mark Winslade but his shot went wide of the target. Shortly afterwards, Brady McGilloway won the ball off the Caernarfon defender and ran forward and towards the goal but his low cross towards the onrushing Sam Jones was blocked and cleared to safety. With 6 minutes or so played, Caernarfon's first real chance saw Wellmen keeper Shaun Pearson having to punch the ball clear from a great cross into the box with Darren Thomas threatening. The game was end to end and on 10 minutes, Steve Thomas burst through from midfield and skipped past a couple of challenges before being brought down by Caernarfon's Clive Williams on the edge of the box. Sam Jones stepped up to take the free kick but it was blocked by the Caernarfon wall, and McGIlloway's follow up shot hit the ground which took the pace out of it and Alex Ramsay was able to watch it go out for a goal kick.
With a quarter of an hour gone, a low cross from the left saw Matty Kendrick clear the ball with Jamie Breese threatening. Sam Jones came close to giving Town the lead but his effort came back out off the post then Caernarfon's Danny Brookwell nearly gave the visitors the lead, turning inside the box and shooting inches wide. Brookwell then saw an effort go over the cross bar before the ball went up the other end and Jones beat his marker and fired in a low shot across face of goal but was inches wide.
Much to the Wellmen's disappointment, Caernarfon took the lead as the game approached half time, a cross into the box saw Darren Thomas chest the ball down before firing low past Pearson to give the visitors the lead at the break. It was a bitter pill to swallow conceding that close to the break but Town knew they had the second half to get back into the game.
The second half saw Caernarfon Town getting the better of the opening exchanges with Nathan Craig firing over then the hard working Winslade saw another shot go wide of the target. Caernarfon then piled on the pressure looking for a second to kill the game off and the Holywell defence stood firm in a goal mouth scramble and blocked every goalbound effort and Jonathon Jones blocking a shot on the line before the ball was cleared to safety.
Caernarfon Town then had to make a change as goalkeeper Alex Ramsay got injured in a challenge for a high ball with Holywell looking for the equaliser and he was replaced by Liam Jones. The visitors were dealt another blow shortly afterwards as Gareth Evans was sent off for a two footed challenge and the visitors were down to 10 men. It was backs to the wall now for the visitors as Town had the extra man and looked likely to grab the equaliser.
Shaun Tuck came off the bench to mark his first apperance back in a Red and White shirt after his short spell away from the club and made an instant impact on the game as he was brought down inside the box to win the Wellmen a penalty. Sam Jones stepped up and fired the ball home to level the scores. Again, Town piled on the pressure looking for the winner, and Steve Thomas had a goal bound shot blocked before Winslade had to watch as substitute goalkeeper Jones produced a great point blank save to deny Winslade giving Town the lead with his far post header. Town sensed a late winner was on the cards, and Sam Jones was harshly penalised by the referee as he was adjudged to have fouled the keeper in getting the ball, after the keeper had dropped it under pressure from the Holywell striker and was booked in the process, before the ref blew for full time after an entertaining game which was a great advert for the Huws Gray Alliance League.