Thursday, September 03, 2009
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Last-gasp Ryan salvages League Cup point

A LAST-gasp goal from Ryan Marriott preserved the Saints' unbeaten record as they were held to a draw by Newtown in the League Cup at Park Hall.

A TNS side missing seven regulars went behind to a lively Robins' side in the 18th-minute when Neil Mitchell dispossessed Aeron Edwards in midfield and ran towards goal before planting his shot inside Lee Williams' post.
Marriott hit the side netting and Steve Abbott also went close, but Mitchell could have added another before Barry Hogan featured prominently in a melee in the Newtown box on the stroke of half-time that almost produced an equaliser.
Sub Matthew Berkeley had a shot blocked soon after the restart, while Abbott headed over from Marriott's cross.
But a mix-up on 67 minutes saw Newtown double their lead, Jamie Breeze first defeating Danny Holmes and then onrushing keeper Williams to fire into an empty net.
Saints got back in the game seven minutes later thanks to Abbott's turn and shot before Scott Ruscoe hit the post from 20 yards, but the game appeared to be drifting away until Craig Williams sent over a superb cross fromĀ  the right for Marriott to stoop and head past keeper David Maguire.
And there was still time for Berkeley to fire wide of a gaping goal with the last kick of the game, although it would have been rough justice if the Robins had been forced to leave empty-handed.
Photo: Ryan Marriott heads the Saints' equaliser.

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