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1st Team - Match centre

Holywell Town
Denbigh Town
S Jones (54' Pen)
Full time
Fri 21 Sep 19:30 - Huws Gray Alliance League - Huws Gray Alliance Attendance 201

Holywell Town 1-3 Denbigh Town

A miserable wet night saw Holywell Town welcome Denbigh Town and it was the visitors who got us underway.

The match started with both sides looking to take control of the game, and the balance of play was in Denbigh Town’s half with Tony Roebuck taking control of the midfield with some great passes for Mark Winslade and Connor Littler to chase. A good move from the back saw Littler control the ball well, and fed the ball across to Sam Jones, he ran forward a few yards before shooting but it went wide of Craig Vernon.
Metcalf was called into action, punching clear with Mark Roberts challenging, then at the other end, Harvey was brought down on the edge of the area and the referee played advantage until the ball went out before pulling play back for the free kick. Sam Jones kick evaded everyone’s head and went out for a goal kick. Holywell pressed for the opener and Vernon punched the ball clear with Winslade challenging. Then Harvey wasn’t too far away from connecting from a good ball in from the left. Another Jones free kick into the box was just a little too high for the onrushing matty Kendrick with the goal at his mercy.
With a couple of minutes remaining of the half, the visitors took the lead. Sam Jones bat the offside and burst down the left and into the box. His low cross across face of goal gave the Denbigh’s Mark Roberts the simplest of tap-ins to give his side the lead. It was harsh on the Wellmen and a minute later, the referee blew for half time.
The games got underway with Town trailing by a goal to nil, and a minute into the half, a slip by Kendrick saw Sam Jones pick up the ball but his shot was blocked by Metcalf. A few minutes later, Denbigh had a shot blocked, before Town equalised. A good ball into the box saw a defender handle the ball and the referee pointed to the spot. Sam Jones stepped up and fired the ball home giving the keeper no chance.
Town had the grit between their teeth and looked to take the lead. The next move saw Town come close to taking the lead, a great ball into the far post saw Littler rise well but guided his header wide of the target. Another shot saw the ball go over the bar but Denbigh then went up the other ends and took the lead, when they took advantage of a defensive mix up and Mark Roberts picked up the loose ball and grabbed his second of the game.
The Wellmen then made a double substitution with Jonathon Jones and Marc Gunther coming on for Danny Desormeaux and Joe Carey, and from the next attack, the Wellmen very nearly equalised when Littler got up well to head the ball against the underside of the crossbar, and with the Wellmen claiming it had crossed the line, Denbigh broke clear and in a 3 on 1 situation, the ball then broke for Alfonso Fosu-Mensah who found himself through on goal and slotted past Andy Metcalf to make it 3-1 to the visitors.
The final few minutes saw the Wellmen press to get back into the game, but it was the visitors who created the best chances, with Metcalf saving well from Fosu-Mensah to deny the player on loan from Llandudno his second of the match.
The referee then blew for full time and the Wellmen trooped off the pitch disappointed with the result, and all eyes now turn to Tuesday night when we welcome Gresford Athletic to Halkyn Road.

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Key moments

54:00
Scored Penalty Sam Jones scores a penalty for Holywell Town

Highlights

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85:00 Sub Off
Mark Winslade is substituted off for Holywell Town
85:00 Sub On
Dafydd Griffith is substituted on for Holywell Town
75:00 Sub Off
Danny Desormeaux is substituted off for Holywell Town
75:00 Sub On
Jonathon Jones is substituted on for Holywell Town
75:00 Sub On
Marc Gunther is substituted on for Holywell Town
75:00 Sub Off
Joe Carey is substituted off for Holywell Town
54:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 0
Sam Jones scores a penalty for Holywell Town
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  • Holywell Town
  • Denbigh Town
  • 0
  • Sam Jones Scored Penalty 54:00'
  • Danny Desormeaux Sub Off 75:00'
  • Jonathon Jones Sub On 75:00'
  • Marc Gunther Sub On 75:00'
  • Joe Carey Sub Off 75:00'
  • Dafydd Griffith Sub On 85:00'
  • Mark Winslade Sub Off 85:00'

Team selection

Metcalf, Andrew Metcalf, Andrew
Davies, Ryan Davies, Ryan
Harvey, Matthew Harvey, Matthew
Carey, Joe Carey, Joe
Kendrick, Matthew Kendrick, Matthew
Hartley, Tom Hartley, Tom
Winslade, Mark Winslade, Mark
Desormeaux, Danny Desormeaux, Danny
Jones, Sam Jones, Sam
Littler, Connor Littler, Connor
Roebuck, Tony Roebuck, Tony

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# Team Pl Pts
10. Ruthin Town 10 13
11. Rhyl 10 13
12. Penrhyncoch 9 11
13. Denbigh Town 10 10
14. Holywell Town 10 8
15. Holyhead Hotspur 9 5
16. Prestatyn Town 10 5

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