HOLYHEAD Hotspur came close to ending Airbus Broughton’s perfect start to the Huws Gray Alliance season before eventually falling to a 2-0 defeat.

The Holy Islanders produced an extremely resolute defensive display against the runaway leaders before falling to a pair of late goals in the closing stages, and Darren Garmey’s men remain bottom of the standings and six points from safety as they gear up for their JD Welsh Cup third round clash at Bangor City on Friday night (7.45pm).

Lewis Buckley almost put the Wingmakers’ ahead early on when he fired wide after being put through on goal, with the visitors coming within a whisker at the other end when an effort was hacked off the line.

The home side controlled the majority of possession but were finding it difficult to penetrate a well-drilled Spurs defence with Asa Hamilton and defender Steve Tomassen spurning their best opportunities during the remainder of the first period.

Young keeper Dan Williams had to be at his best to deny a 25-yard thunderbolt from Curtis Strong after the break, and the talented stopper was at it again soon after when he pulled off a sensational save to deny Kristian Platt.

The pressure from the home side finally paid off on 77 minutes when Williams parried a wonderful reflex save from Hamilton effort into the path of Leo Riley, who made no mistake from just outside the area to open the scoring.

Ryan Edwards and Tomassen found Williams too good once again as the hosts looked to double their advantage following the restart, but they did secure their 14th consecutive win in stoppage time when substitute Joe Chaplin finished well to complete the scoring.