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McKENNA PAYS THE PRICE FOR TINKERING
Airbus keeper Paul Whitfield dives but this John Lawless strike was cleared by Steve Hughes
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Welsh Premier League
Tue 8 Feb 2005: Home - Treflan

MANAGER Ken McKenna could pay the ultimate price for resting several players against the Welsh Premier League's bottom club.
Battling Airbus held out for 78 minutes before conceding a goal to Mike Wilde, then fought back bravely to level through Craig Jones.
The result was a potentially crippling blow to Saints' title hopes.
Rhyl were the main beneficiaries of the night as four of the five top teams dropped points and Caersws were beaten 1-0 at Aberystwyth.
TNS opened by partnering Wilde with Nicky Ward, who had not started a game since December 11, leaving the league's leading scorer Marc Lloyd-Williams to enjoy his 32nd birthday on the bench.
Steve Evans and Scott Ruscoe were also rested in a move that backfired massively on the manager.
John Leah saw an early shot easily held by Paul Whitfield and the first chance of note did not arrive for 24 minutes, with Wilde also foiled by the former Wrexham keeper.
Ward spurned a great chance on 35 minutes when clean through and then beat the offside trap only to miscue his shot with just the keeper to beat.
TNS opened the second half with more purpose but were often reduced to long range efforts, although John Lawless twice went close with solo attempts from inside the box.
Ward eventually sparked a goal when he beat his man down the left and crossed into the box, where the ball ricocheted back and forth before Wilde made the vital strike.
Saints looked to have spared their blushes, but a flowing move by the visitors three minutes from time found substitute Jones free on the right and he beat a despairing tackle from Lawless to bury the equaliser from six yards.
The last five league games have yielded six points from a possible 15, hardly the form of champions-elect.

8 February 2021