WHAT a way to start the new year!

A pair of second half goals did the trick to hand Ruthin Town the three points from their home Huws Gray Alliance encounter with Holywell Town.

Strikes from Llyr Morris and Tom Roberts were enough to give Chris Williams' charges their eighth league victory of the campaign.

It was Holywell who made the better start, though, as Steve Lewis and Aaron Pomeyie both saw efforts strike the woodwork.

Ruthin did have a couple of efforts of their own, but they failed to test visiting goalkeeper Mike Platt.

As the first half drew to a close, Josh Sheridan's attempt went over the crossbar and it remained scoreless at the break.

Just five minutes of the second half had elapsed when Ruthin claimed the lead.

Llyr Morris' shot took a deflection to make its way beyond Platt and into the net.

Holywell responded and they had a penalty appeal turned down, before they bagged a leveller in the 66th minute.

A good ball into the box found Matty Harvey and his looping header found its way beyond Ruthin number one Ryan Goldston.

However, Ruthin regained the initiative just three minutes later.

Ruthin manager Chris Williams brought on Tom Roberts on into the left hand side of midfield and with his first touch of the ball, he found himself clear on goal.

Roberts steadied himself with his second touch and slotted the ball past the oncoming Platt with his third.

The Wellmen threw everything at Ruthin in the closing stages in an effort to pick up another equaliser.

Ruthin were indebted to keeper Goldston, who produced a couple of excellent saves.

Goldston did well to deny Ryan Jones and Mike Lewis.