Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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In-form Saints ready for Rhyl test

THE New Saints are in good form ahead of Sunday's big Welsh Premier showdown with current champions Rhyl at Park Hall (2.30pm).

After putting a serious dent in Llanelli’s title hopes last weekend, TNS also reached the final of the League Cup on Wednesday night.
"We know a lot about Rhyl and they know a lot about us so it is going to be a tight game with few chances," says assistant manager Mike Davies.
"Rhyl are top of the table and deserve to be there on merit, but anything can change in this league."
Visiting player-manager Greg Strong believes Park Hall's artificial surface will suit his side.
"It's not an ideal surface to play on and last season it was very icy and perhaps the game should not have been played," says Strong.
"But looking back I remember playing on artificial pitches at Preston, QPR and Luton and TNS's pitch is 100 times better than what theirs were.
"I think the pitch will help us football-wise as we like to keep the ball on the floor, so it will be an advantage in that respect."
The game marks a first return to Park Hall for ex-TNS favourite John Leah and former wing back Martyn Naylor, who will both be out to prove a point as Rhyl look for a repeat of their 3-0 win in the fixture last season.
Meanwhile, Davies referred to the four horse race emerging at the top for superiority between TNS, Rhyl, Llanelli and ambitious Neath.
"If you throw into the mix the emergence of Port Talbot Town and Prestatyn Town it appears that this season could be one of the tightest yet with everyone capable of beating anyone else on the day," he added.
"From our point of view we must continue taking each game as it comes and aim to stay in contention."
Photo: The Saints prepare for Sunday's game by watching a video of their 2-0 win at Llanelli.

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