Sunday, June 10, 2012

Saints produce perfect response at Prestatyn

THE New Saints produced the perfect response to last week's home defeat to Neath by scoring a comprehensive 4-0 victory at Prestatyn Town.

Once Aeron Edwards had headed the Saints in front after five minutes, the outcome was rarely in doubt, although it took goals either side of half time for the visitors to turn their supremacy into goals.
The management made several changes from the side beaten by Neath, with Steve Evans, Barry Hogan and Chris Seargeant all relegated to the bench, while Aeron Edwards, Ryan Fraughan and Tom Roberts were in the starting line-up.
The Seasiders were unable to cope with their opponents' tempo and the first of many fouls led to Fraughan's free-kick being flicked on by Connell Rawlinson for Edwards to beat keeper Dave Roberts from close range.
When Roberts dropped the ball minutes later, Rawlinson almost doubled the lead, while the impressive Fraughan sent a 20-yarder just over the angle before firing a free-kick from the same distance which was well-held by Roberts.
Prestatyn's only effort of the first-half was a weak shot by Ross Stephens and keeper Paul Harrison was more troubled by a Simon Spender back-pass than the home attack.
When the second TNS goal arrived it was well worth waiting for as Tom Roberts was allowed to travel to the edge of the box before hitting a superb shot into the top corner.
Dave Hayes fouled Alex Darlington, who converted the resulting penalty soon after the break to put the Saints in total command.
Prestatyn skipper Dave Hayes almost added a fourth with a back header which eluded Roberts, but Greg Draper's persistence in the box paid off for Darlington to score again in the 67th-minute and seal an important victory.
Photo: Tom Roberts unleashes his superb 18-yarder for the Saints' second goal.

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