Monday, November 14, 2011
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Saints made to battle for seventh straight win

THE New Saints made it seven wins from seven to return to the Welsh Premier summit, but they were made to battle all the way before overcoming Aberystwyth 3-2 at Park Hall.

The Saints made a sluggish start and the Seasiders belied their lowly league position by taking the lead after 13 minutes.
Steve Evans mis-kicked an attempted clearance from a corner and the ball fell to Wyn Thomas, who fired a superb shot into the top right hand corner.
Keeper Paul Harrison was soon forced into a double save from the lively Lewis Codling, with Scott Ruscoe clearing the ball to safety, before Codling fired over from a good position.
Greg Draper miscued at the other end from Chris Seargeant's through ball, with Evans and Nicky Ward both directing efforts straight at keeper Steve Cann.
But a spell of three goals inside eight minutes either side of the break turned the tide in the Saints' favour. Seargeant's low corner just before half-time eluded everyone in the box and found an unmarked Alex Darlington, who steered his shot past Steve Cann.
TNS then came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and Craig Jones fired home from a lay-off by Draper, who then netted the third from close range after Jones turned provider with an excellent left-wing run and cross.
Sub Jordan Follows missed a gilt-edged chance for the visitors with only Harrison to beat, dragging his shot wide of the far post, but Aberystwyth got back into the game on 64 minutes when Cann's long clearance found Codling, who scored via the inside of the far post.
Cann made a good save from Jones, while Follows forced a near post stop from Harrison at the other end, but TNS played keep ball in the final minutes to hold on to the points.
Photo: Goal scorers Craig Jones and Greg Draper celebrate the second goal.

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