Carmarthen Town 1-4 Total Network Solutions
Wilde gets a shot away despite the attentions of Carmarthen player/manager
J T Hughes Mitsubishi Welsh Premier
Saturday 17 April 2004: Away: Richmond Park
SAINTS cruised past lowly Carmarthen with their best performance for some time,
to maintain the pressure on Rhyl at the top.
Supersub Stephen Beck made a sensational entry off the bench in the 72nd minute
by scoring within 24 seconds.
Mike Wilde headed on a long clearance and Beck chested the ball down
before blasting a superb 20-yarder inside keeper Tony Pennock's right hand post.
And seven minutes later, the substitute grabbed his second to complete an impressive
TNS totally dominated the first-half and a goal was inevitable before Mike Wilde
latched on to Barry Hogan's through ball after 24 minutes to put Saints ahead.
Wilde could well have grabbed a first-half hat-trick, but failed to convert
good chances provided by Nicky Ward and John Toner.
Pennock also did well to save from Scott Ruscoe and a 20-yard drive from Steve Evans before the break.
Carmarthen then produced a shock equaliser after a brief spell of pressure early
in the second half.
Chris Taylor was forced to head over his own crossbar and, from the resulting
corner, Adam Moore stabbed the ball home after a goalmouth scramble.
But the home cheers had barely subsided before TNS regained the lead.
Barry Hogan's long range shot deflected off a defender on the edge of the Carmarthen
area and looped towards the underside of Pennock's crossbar.
The keeper managed to claw the ball away but Ruscoe followed up to head and hooked the keeper's save into the net as he tumbled over the goal-line with the ball.
Saints' boss Ken McKenna felt his side had answered recent criticism of their style of play.
"We have come here today on a decent surface, we've passed the ball well, the movement was good and we created lots of opportunities," he said.