Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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Saints' fightback yields only a point

THE New Saints dropped two home points for the third league game in a row as they were held 2-2 by high-flying Neath at Park Hall.

And they were forced to fight back from a two-goal deficit after a disastrous first quarter of an hour.
All the goals came in a frantic first half-hour which was a comedy of errors of both ends of the pitch.
Phil Baker's back pass caught keeper Paul Harrison stranded after just eight minutes and Richard Ingram made the most of his opportunity to open the scoring.
After another eight minutes, a long ball over the top from defender Carlos Castan caught the Saints' defence flat-footed and Craig Steins beat a despairing last-ditch tackle from Baker to double the lead.
TNS were quickly back on level terms when first a mix-up between keeper Anthony Williams and his defence allowed Matthew Berkeley clear sight of an empty net to score from a narrow angle.
And the Saints turned defence into attack from a corner, when Baker's long ball upfield found Jamie Wood, who lobbed Williams from the edge of the box.
The hosts went on to dominate the game but again lacked a cutting edge to turn possession into goals, with Berkeley guilty of two misses, while seeing a point-blank effort saved.
And when Steve Evans and Craig Jones did get the ball in the net, their efforts were ruled out for a foul and offside respectively.
TNS were rarely troubled at the back, but only Baker's late intervention prevented sub Kieran Howard from snatching an undeserved winner for the Eagles.
Photo: Craig Steins beats Phil Baker and Paul Harrison to put Neath two-up at Park Hall.

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