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Mediocre Saints pay the penalty

Sat 14 March 2021 / Park Hall
Alex Darlington misses out in a one-on-one with Aberystwyth keeper Dave Roberts.
THE New Saints dropped two more vital home points as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Aberystwyth.
Both goals came from the penalty spot, John Leah giving the Saints the lead in first-half stoppage time after Jamie Wood had been impeded by Sion James.
But the Seasiders levelled on 70 minutes when Matthew Berkeley surrendered the ball on half-way and Scott Ruscoe, who was red-carded for his pains, brought down the goal-bound Geoff Kellaway for Graham Evans to convert the spot kick.
Saints had come close to taking a first-half lead when Berkeley's header struck the bar from a Craig Williams corner but, in a lack-lustre affair, a mediocre TNS also paid the price for missing two gilt-edged chances which would have put the game to bed.
Alex Darlington was the first culprit in the first attack of the second half when failing to beat keeper Dave Roberts when clean through after a slip by defender Aneurin Thomas.
And Jamie Wood also spurned a golden opportunity at the back post from a Williams cross after a mistake by James.
Only a last-ditch tackle from Phil Baker prevented Rob Evans from equalising in open play before the penalty brought the visitors level.
Chris Venables went close to a winner with a twice-taken free-kick which whistled over Paul Harrison's crossbar, while Roberts saved smartly from Baker deep into stoppage time.

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