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Monday 28 July, Treflan
MICHAEL Wilde ended the three game goal drought and brought Saints a morale-boosting win against Nuneaton Borough, as the countdown to Manchester City continues.
With injuries mounting at Treflan, boss Ken McKenna named himself on the subs' bench. But the fans were denied a cameo performance from the boss, as Michael Wilde scored on the half hour and the Saints held out for a morale-boosting win.
Saints won a corner and when the kick was headed across goal, Wilde was on hand to head home from point blank range to the obvious relief of his team mates.
There were chances at either end throughout the game as the visitors - relegated from the Conference last season - put up a spirited performance to give TNS a good workout.
Saints shaded it for the first hour with Simon Davies influential in midfield and the front men getting more clear cut chances than of late.
Brabin and Aggrey were solid at the back and sprayed some good passes around.
Naylor saw a dipping shot fly just over the bar and King had a shot cleared off the line on 25 minutes.
At the other end, Collins and O'Connor were both wide of the target when well placed.
After the goal, Perry fired wide and Wilde had a chance to increase the lead with another header.
Nuneaton came more into the game in the second period with ex-Chester winger, Stuart Whittaker, making some good runs down the left flank to trouble the Saints' defence.
Several corners nearly produced an equaliser, but TNS held firm.
Chris King - who played well throughout - saw a great shot cleared off the line and substitute Jamie Wood's follow-up was also scrambled away.
But the best chance to double the lead fell to Michael Wilde, who blazed wide from a Scott Ruscoe headed cross.
Steve Evans (hernia) hopes to be fit for the visit of Everton, Tommy Holmes has ankle ligament damage which could take two or three weeks to heal, John Toner is still absent with a foot injury and Nicky Ward's pre-season has been limited by a back problem.
Manager, Ken McKenna, was pleased with the result. "The boys have earned a well-deserved rest after a hectic spell of friendlies," he said.