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TNS ON BELLE VUE REVENGE MISSION
Rhyl v TNS
Saints are out to avenge their 1-0 defeat at Belle Vue on Easter Sunday
SAINTS are on a Friday night revenge mission when they travel to Belle Vue to face champions Rhyl.
It is an early chance for TNS to overcome the string of defeats at the hands of the Lillies, which saw the league title, the Challenge Cup and the Welsh Cup snatched from their grasp.
As if on-field rivalry was not enough, relations between the two clubs have become increasingly strained, with trouble at Treflan on two occasions last season.
TNS managing director Mike Harris also fuelled the flames by dubbing Rhyl's trophy wins as "tarnished" after Andy Moran was suspended for failing a drugs test.
Michael Keegan and Greg Stones will be new faces in the Lillies' line-up, along with recently signed midfielder Leyton Maxwell and former Newtown striker Peter Smith, who scored on his debut in Rhyl's 3-1 win at Port Talbot on Saturday.
Martin Naylor and John Leah are both long-term absentees but John Lawless has appealed against his three-match ban and will be available.
Ken McKenna will be aiming to have strikers Michael Wilde and Jamie Wood fit again, after both missed the mid-week defeat at Connah's Quay.
He will also be hoping that Saints' can recapture the form they showed in the 5-0 rout of Caernarfon, rather than the lack-lustre Tuesday night effort on Deeside.
2 September 2021
 
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