Ruthin Town 2 Holywell Town 1
Ruthin battle hard for the 3 points.
Ruthin took three very valuable points in an exciting game played with pace and intensity. Holywell have been improving of late and promised to provide a stiff test for the home team, and so it proved.
Ruthin’s young back line (only Gwidion Ifan at right back was over 23) coped well with the experienced Holyhead attack and Ruthin looked to have the edge in midfield as they dominated the early exchanges. Ruthin’s passing game was matched by Holywell’s effort and chances in the first half were few with the notable exception of Holywell hitting the bar and then the post in the same move.
Both sides had reason to be confident in the second half but it was Ruthin’s leading scorer Llyr Morris who opened the scoring within 5 minutes of the restart. Free on the left had side of the penalty area he took a quick shot which bobbled over the hand of Holywell’s goalkeeper Michael Platt as he dived to his right.
Holywell responded with pressure of their own as both sides played some good football in an entertaining game. Ruthin continued to look in control as Holywell had a big shout for a penalty. Mathew Evans tackled Steve Lewis as he was bearing down on goal. The referee took his time, looked at the linesman, who had clearly seen the defender make contact with the ball. No penalty. Holywell did find an equalised on 66 minutes when a cross found Matthew Harvey who’s looping header beat Ryan Goldston in the Ruthin goal but their joy was to be short lived.
Ruthin manager, Chris Williams, brought on Tom Roberts on to the left hand side of midfield and with his first touch of the ball found himself clear on goal. He steadied himself with his second touch and slotted the ball past the oncoming Michael Platt with his third. Ruthin had regained the lead barely three minutes after conceding the equaliser.
It looked as if there could only be one winner now as Ruthin’s confidence grew but typically Holywell threw everything forward during the last 10 minutes. The young defence stood firm and Ryan Goldston made two tremendous saves to win the game. The first, a header from substitute Ryan Jones and the second from a Steve Lewis shot. Goalkeepers can be just as important as strikers.
As if to illustrate the managers intent striker Ryan Jones came on for Ruthin and in the dying minutes 18 year old Charlie Williams, another youngster with big potential, was introduced to the Ruthin attack to make his Huws Gray Alliance debut. Ruthin saw out the game and take three well earned and important points.