Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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Jones keeps Saints' title dreams alive

A GOAL from Craig Jones gave The New Saints a crucial victory over title rivals Llanelli in Sunday's live TV showdown at Park Hall.

A perfectly-weighted pass from Matthew Berkeley paved the way for Jones to toe-poke the ball past Reds' keeper Ashley Morris in the 66th-minute to secure the spoils.
In a game that was far from a classic, TNS had come close to taking the lead immediately after half-time, when Wyn Thomas deflected a Jones shot onto the foot of his own post.
In a nervy first-half for the hosts, Chris Sharp saw his shot easily held, while Morris denied Berkeley in a one-on-one.
The Llanelli defence survived an early onslaught in the second period, with a Jones overhead kick cleared to Sharp, whose follow-up shot was also beaten away.
Berkeley was wide with another attempt after a one-two with Sharp, while Scott Ruscoe also failed from a Tommy Holmes cross.
The visitors rarely threatened, but sub Jordan Follows fluffed his shot from a good position in the closing minutes.
TNS are now seven points clear at the top, but the title is still Llanelli's to lose as they have three games in hand.
Photo: Scott Ruscoe, Alex Darlington and Chris Sharp join in the celebrations with scorer Craig Jones.
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