Games between Denbigh Town and Holywell Town have provided some fabulous entertainment this term and in this Welsh Alliance League match up the paying public were yet again treated to some thrills, spills and goals, reports Peter Glynn from Central Park.
The hosts, confidence high on the back of last week's Cookson Cup Final victory, began very brightly and deservedly went ahead, albeit from a dubious looking penalty decision. A fizzled ball into the 'Well box on 15 minutes struck a hand. Eilir Edwards' placed spot-kick inched his side into the lead.
Holywell weren't daunted and began to dominate possession. They were level on 25 minutes, Owain Roberts gleefully spanking home from 6 yards after fine build up play on the right. It could have been two moments later but big ash Crosthwaite was relieved to grab the ball after a mis hit from Rooney in front of the sticks. For Denbigh, Mark Roberts produced a driving run which gave him only the keeper to beat. But Gloves man Walsh blocked the first effort and next Dan Henley cleared Roberts' follow up header off the line.
Moments after the start of the second stanza they were ahead. Roberts doubled his tally after great work from Willow on the left and the goal grabber hit the net through a ruck of players.
Next was the goal of the game to draw the Central Park mob level, this on 63 minutes. Ian Evans took advantage of a sit up and beg ball and hoisted a 40 yarder over Well's Dave Walsh. Goal of the Season? Possibly.
Tenacious work from Edwards gave the little man room for a peach of a cross which Slater nodded home. But no! Referee Gray ruled the goal out for a shove on the last defender. Holywell breathed again and set up an attack which left the Denbigh defence all at sea. With Crosthwaite advancing, Roberts slipped the ball under his frame and celebrated his hat trick in style.
The James Gang weren't quite finished. A free kick two yards outside of the box saw Roger Beech sharpening his cue. His curler was pure and gave the Holywell wall no chance. Quality.
3-3 was a fair result, both sides should be happy. For the fans, never a dull moment.