Monday, September 07, 2009
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Saints bid to end six-year jinx

WITH a perfect record from their first three Welsh Premier games, the Saints head for Port Talbot, where they have not won on their last five visits.

You have to back to September 2003, when TNS won 4-1, for the last time the club returned home with three points from the Steelmen.
Last season, Andy Cale's men battled to a goal-less draw, and the hosts have strengthened since then with the acquisition of Haverfordwest midfielder Neil Thomas and keeper Lee Kendall from Rhyl among summer signings for manager Mark Jones.
After an opening day win at Elements Cefn Druids, they drew 0-0 at Llanelli's Stebonheath Park and then lost 2-0 last weekend at Rhyl's Belle Vue.
Saints' assistant manager Mike Davies is warning against complacency ahead of the trip.
"We have never had an easy game down there so we must ensure we stick to our gameplan and not worry too much about them," he warned.
"I have been happy with our start to the season but every game poses its challenges and we must prepare for them accordingly."
Goalkeeper Paul Harrison returns along with the defensive duo of Phil Baker and Steve Evans after missing the midweek League Cup draw against Newtown.
Meanwhile Davies insists the Saints will have enough in reserve to last until the January transfer window.
"We did not sign any further players during the summer because we are happy with what we have already at the club," he added.

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