Last Hope For Mold Slips Away
Two Second Half Goals Confine Mold To Bottom Three.....
The first half was a relatively even encounter with neither keeper having a great deal to do. Defences were on top in the main, allowing the game to flow from half to half. On 22 minutes Mold were awarded their first free kick of the game but Andy Hughes in the Holywell goal gathered easily enough. On the half hour a slip up in the Mold defence allowed Barry McGilloway through but Mold keeper Leigh Williams palmed the shot wide for a corner. Two minutes later Shaun Tuck went through on goal but was judged to have been offside. On 40 minutes Mold's Matty Lewis delivered a long throw which was headed on into the danger area but the Wellmen were first to the ball to clear the danger. On the stroke of half time Mold were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Holywell box following a hand ball but Ant Williams' free kick lacked any conviction and the keeper gathered.
From the restart Holywell seemed the livelier and they opened the scoring on 52 minutes from a corner when Gareth Sudlow was quickest to react to the ball which had been flicked on, and he side footed past the keeper and defender at the back post. Six minutes later Matty Hughes was first to the ball from a Mold free kick but the Holywell keeper gathered yet again. Holywell then went straight down to the other end of the pitch and Shaun Tuck rose highest against two defenders to head home at the back post from 2 yards out. Neil and Mike brought Danny Warren on in place of Ant Williams who had been playing his last competative football match at senior level. Ten minutes later Anthony Lipson and Owen Davies were replaced by Lennox Beddows and John Davies in a bid to pull the Alex back into the game. Mold did rally slightly and begin to pressure Holywell. Danny Warren lobbed the keeper in the 83rd minute but was ruled offside and Lee Emberton fired just wide from a Matty Hughes cross with just three minutes remaining. Matty Lewis headed over at the back post and Lennox Beddows saw his glancing header drift the wrong side of the post and out for a goal kick. On the stroke of full time Graeme Williams struck the Mold Alex cross bar with almost the last kick of the game to end a thoroughly dismal season for the Alex.
Neil and Mike started brightly when they first joined the club and steadily accumulated points and pulled the team away from the danger area. It was a great start for them considering the position of the team prior to their arrival and we looked set for a mid table finish. Unfortunately in the latter stages of the campaign the results just wouldn't come and some terrible performances, terrible decisions from officials and terrible luck went against the Alex in critical games and we began to slide down towards the foot of the table. Having said that, there are games which we should have won which would have avoided a bottom three finish and Neil and Mike know that more than anyone. They have both been a credit to the club since the day they took over the management reigns and pleasure to work with. At a time when the team was being thrashed most week's, Neil and Mike were prepared to take the helm and try to save the sinking ship when many other managers would have turned away and for that and all their efforts, we thank them. We would also like to thank the players who stayed with us after our terrible start and also the ones who joined us in our fight for survival - your efforts are very much appreciated.