Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Bala keeper holds Saints at bay

THE New Saints failed to take advantage of Rhyl's defeat at Neath as they dropped two home points to newly-promoted Bala Town in a goal-less draw.

Keeper Leon Bimpson was the Lakesiders' hero with three stunning late saves to deny Steve Abbott, Jamie Wood and a Tommy Holmes header as the Saints pressed a tiring defence for a late winner.
The Bala defence had held firm throughout with Scott Ruscoe waging a one-man war on Bimpson in the first-half.
The midfielder tried his luck four times with shots from outside the box, all of which whistled narrowly wide of the target.
Chris Seargeant fired over early in the second-half, with Phil Baker heading wide from Ruscoe's cross.
The introduction of Ryan Marriott from the bench pepped-up the Saints' attack, but he was guilty of a glaring miss in front of goal after good work by Wood and Aeron Edwards.
Bala threatened on the break as early as the first-minute, with keeper Paul Harrison tipping a Stuart Hayes shot away for a corner.
In the second-half, Harrison saved well from Osian Jones and had to be alert late-on to prevent John Toner from celebrating his return to Park Hall with a shock winner.
Photo: Bimpson charges out of his area to clear the danger.

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