Thursday, February 25, 2010
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Saints end Latham Park goal drought

AFTER two goal-less draws on their last two visits, The New Saints ended their Latham Park goal drought with a convincing 2-0 win to maintain their challenge for the Welsh Premier title.

A left-wing cross from Tommy Holmes found Matthew Berkeley, who seized his chance on the edge of the six-yard box to fire past keeper Dave Roberts after just 13 minutes.
And the victory was virtually sealed on the half-hour when wingman Craig Jones beat his marker down the right touchline and, after his first attempt to cross was blocked, his second was volleyed home with aplomb by ex-Robins' midfielder Scott Ruscoe.
Newtown should have snatched an equaliser on 19 minutes when Paul Roberts steered his header wide of the far post when unmarked in front of goal from a Jamie Breeze cross.
And the hosts sharpened-up some slack marking in the second period to restrict the Saints' chances and carved a couple of openings which raised hopes of a comeback.
Roberts fired wide of the far post from a good position, but it was the Saints who almost added to their tally when only Roberts' outstretched leg diverted a Jones shot to safety after Sharp had created the opening down the left.
Photo: Matthew Berkeley celebrates the opening goal with Craig Jones.
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