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TNS SMASH AND GRAB AT THE TRAETH
Porthmadog v TNS
Marc Lloyd-Williams strikes for Saints' opening goal at the Traeth
Porthmadog FC 1-2 TNS
Welsh Premier League
Sat 23 Oct 2004: Away - The Traeth

MARC Lloyd-Williams and Michael Wilde staged a seven minute smash and grab raid at the Traeth to end Porthmadog's unbeaten record.
Trailing to a first-half Carl Owen goal, TNS were back on terms within two minutes of the restart when Lloyd-Williams scored an opportunistic goal, holding off his markers on the edge of the box before turning to fire past home keeper Gerard McGuigan.
Seven minutes later, Michael Wilde dived to head a superb effort from Chris King's left-wing cross.
With their noses in front, Saints never looked likely to surrender their advantage with Port unable to mount a serious attack.
But the first half had been a different story as a below-pair Saints were pressured by Viv Williams' side, who showed the reason for their improved league form this season.
Gerard Doherty was called upon as early as the third minute to produce a fine save to stop Gareth Parry's shot and Aled Rowlands spooned over the bar at the far post when it would have been easier to score.
Porthmadog's good approach play produced a deserved goal on 23 minutes when Doherty came out to meet Gareth Caughter's through ball but was beaten to it by Carl Owen who sent a fine shot into the unguarded net from the edge of the box.
The home backline defended stoicly with only Lloyd-Williams getting a chance to test McGuigan and Scott Ruscoe wasting a 20-yard free kick that went high and wide.
But the efforts took their toll after the break and despite two early substitutions, Porthmadog were readily held by the Saints, Jamie Wood spurning a chance to add a third goal when he pulled his shot wide.
Ken McKenna was pleased to have negotiated a tricky away hurdle successfully, despite never reaching the heights of previous weeks.
"We knew that defensively they were very good, very compact and gave little away," he said.
"Our passing was not up to scratch in the first half when we failed to get into the wide areas."
23 October 2021
 
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