PORTHMADOG moved into second spot in the Huws Gray Alliance after a 4-1 home success over Holywell Town.

The in-form side moved above Flint Town United following their loss at Guilsfield following another accomplished display in front of their faithful support, and they face a stern test of their credentials this Saturday when Port travel to runaway second tier leaders Airbus Broughton in a JD Welsh Cup third round clash (2.30pm).

The home side came out of the blocks flying and went ahead after just eight minutes when Julian Williams steered in a cross, but the Wellmen responded well to the setback and were handed a golden opportunity to level matters when Steve Lewis was bundled over in the box, and the striker dusted himself off to slot in the spot kick with 14 gone.

Jay Gibbs and Ifan Emlyn both went close for the hosts soon after, with a Dan Dascalu effort chalked off for offside during a superb spell of dominance midway through the half.

They did manage to regain the advantage at a crucial time when Williams reacted first time net his second of the afternoon with virtually the final action of the period, and the same player almost notched his hat-trick after the break but saw his powerful effort fly narrowly wide.

Lewis was looking lively at the other end for Johnny Haseldin’s side and he forced Port stopper Paul Pritchard into a superb save after a neat passage of play midway through the half.

The contest was all-but settled after 86 minutes when talented forward Shaun Cavanagh slotted home after a quick counter-attack as the visitors threw men forward in the closing stages, and Gibbs was on hand to put the exclamation point on proceedings a minute from time when his looping drive from long range found its way over Mike Platt.