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TNS JUST AVOID TREFLAN MELT-DOWN
Joy for John Leah and Michael Wilde after the striker's last minute headed equaliser
TNS 1-1 Port Talbot Town
Welsh Premier League
Sat 11 Dec 2004: Home - Treflan


PORT Talbot officially adopted the nickname Steelmen at the start of the season, but it was TNS who were almost in melt-down at Treflan.
Only a last minute goal prevented a first league defeat of the season against their lowly south Wales opponents.
The Saints won the ball after some persistence down the left hand side and John Leah crossed for substitute Michael Wilde to head his ninth Welsh Premier goal of the season past Neil Thomas.
It was an unlikely outcome to a match that had seen the home side dominate with John Toner, John Lawless, Steve Evans and Marc Lloyd-Williams all going close in the first quarter of an hour.
TNS were reduced to 10 men before the break when central defender Jimmy Aggrey received a yellow card for a tackle on Gareth Phillips and then immediately incurred the referee’s wrath again for pushing another opponent.
In a rare foray upfield 20 minutes from time, Robert Cockings found space on the right to feed Carl Shaw who was upended in the box by Evans, and Shaw picked himself up to send Gerard Doherty the wrong way from the spot kick.
Moments later, Doherty produced a brilliant double save to deny Tony Wallis, who later fired over an empty net after a mix-up in the home defence.
With time running out it looked all over for Saints, until Wilde popped up to spare their blushes.
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