Saturday, March 13, 2010
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Abbott's goal sends Saints to the top

THE New Saints returned to the top of the Welsh Premier table with a well-deserved 1-0 win at Bala Town's Maes Tegid.

The only goal of the game arrived three minutes into the second-half when a deep left-wing cross from Scott Ruscoe eluded Town defender Danny Jellicoe at the far post and Steve Abbott produced a cool finish past keeper Leon Bimpson into the far corner.
With keeper Paul Harrison never tested by the Lakesiders, the Saints dominated the game and had strong shouts for first-half penalties when Jellicoe stopped Abbott with a half-Nelson inside the box and a defender later handled the ball.
After the goal, Pip Baker side-footed against a post and Chris Sharp failed to find his elusive first goal in green and white, lobbing Bimpson only to see his effort hit the angle of bar and post.
Abbott had another shot blocked and cleared to safety, while John McKenna was just wide with an outstretched leg to a Ruscoe cross.
Photo: Steve Abbott gets past Bala's Ross Jefferies.

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