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Welsh Cup: Stunning fightback sees Holywell Town to 5-3 win over Llandudno

HOLYWELL Town produced a comeback of epic proportions to win 5-3 at home to higher-league Llandudno in the Welsh Cup on Saturday.

The Wellmen, riding high in Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One, looked to be heading for a second-round exit after their Huws Gray Alliance opponents raced into an early three-goal lead.

But John Haseldin’s men showed amazing powers of recovery to level the tie before winning it in the second half of extra-time.

Holywell’s reward for their incredible victory is a home clash in the third round against either Goytre United or Caerau Ely – who both play in the Welsh League – on December 8 or 9.

After 20 minutes, there were few inside Halkyn Road who would have betted against Llandudno taking their place in the last 32.

But a 38th-minute penalty, powerfully converted by Steve Thomas, changed the complexion of the match.

The deficit was reduced further on the stroke of half-time when the unmarked Marc Gunther – who had missed a golden opportunity when the game was goalless – headed home at the far post.

The Wellmen, full of confidence after their 5-1 league win over Pwllheli, equalised within six minutes of the restart. Thomas beat his marker, broke into the box and crossed for captain Paul Williams to fire home.

The hosts piled forward searching for a winner in normal time and Thomas, man-of-the-match Graeme Williams and Gunther all went close to grabbing one.

But it was not until the 108th that their pressure told.

Tom Carney combined with Tony Roebuck to play in Thomas, whose shot across goal was parried by Paul Whitfield into the path of Graeme Williams to tap in.

The goal was met by scenes of jubilation, both on and off the field, and the celebrations were still going strong when Holywell made the game safe courtesy of Thomas’ second of the match.

Flint Town United will host fellow League of Wales founder members Llanidloes Town in the third round after they won 3-0 at home to neighbours Greenfield.

It was a real family affair at Cae Y Castell on Saturday.

Greenfield’s player-manager Scott Beck is the brother of Flint striker Shaun and son of chairman Dai, while another set of brothers, Sam and Terry Jones, were lining up against each other.

It was Shaun and Dai Beck, Sam Jones and the rest of the Silkmen contingent who were celebrating at the end of an excellent encounter.

Flint, who play two steps further up the pyramid than Greenfield, were made to work for their win and it was not until the 54th minute that they look the lead through a smart finish from the impressive Sam Jones.

Nathan Peate added a contentious second three minutes later before Aaron Edwards rounded off the scoring late on.

That was harsh on Greenfield, who rose to the occasion in what was the biggest match in their history.

Buckley Town, meanwhile, crashed out of the competition in the most painful of fashions.

Gareth Thomas’ team lost 4-2 on penalties after their tie at Huws Gray Alliance rivals Conwy Borough on Saturday finished 1-1 after extra-time.

Reece Norton equalised for Buckley after former Chester City striker Lloyd Ellams had opened the scoring for Conwy.

Flint, Buckley and Rhydymwyn return to Huws Gray Alliance action on Saturday.

Flint are away to Rhayader Town, Buckley host Cefn Druids, and Rhydymwyn make their way to Holyhead Hotspur (all 2.30pm).

Flint and Buckley, meanwhile, have applied for the domestic licence required to gain promotion to the Welsh Premier League along with Druids, Llandudno, Porthmadog and Rhyl.

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