|TNS 3-3 Connah's Quay Nomads [Aggregate 5-3]
Loosemores Challenge Cup, 1st Round, 2nd Leg
Tue 16 September 2003, Home - Treflan
CONNAH'S Quay belied their lowly League position with a spirited performance, although Saints go through to the second round thanks to their first leg win on Deeside.
Jamie Wood grabbed a brace.
Nomads will take more positives from the game after a battling display which saw them take the lead after 10 minutes to bring the tie back to life.
Robbie Chesters' goal kept them ahead until seven minutes before the break. Brabin found Perry with a great cross field ball and his pass was deftly despatched by Jamie Wood for the equaliser.
Saints turned on the style straight after the interval and Bridgwater's corner was headed home by Chris Taylor, his second goal in four days.
Five minutes later the tie was totally beyond Nomads' reach, as a superb through ball from Simon Davies put Wood clear for his second.
TNS then began to showboat and paid the penalty on 64 minutes. A speculative 35 yard lobbed shot from Gareth Owen found Doherty off his line and crept under the bar.
In the last minute of normal time, Nomads got the equaliser their never say die spirit deserved, when Stuart Rain latched onto a through ball to score.
Steven Beck and Scott Ruscoe both hit the woodwork either side of Rain's goal, but Saints could not complain about sharing the spoils on the night.
Penalty denies Aberystwyth
In other games, Haverfordwest were lucky to survive a battering at Aberystwyth. Three down in 36 minutes, they went through to the second round on away goals after a disputed Chris Miller penalty on 57 minutes.
Caersws made in 12-0 on aggregate, as Barry played the amateur line-up that had helped them through their fixture crisis at the start of the season, although the gesture could been seen as thankless rather than thanks, as they faced a six goal deficit from the first leg. Graham Evans bagged a hat-trick.
Newtown needed extra time to see off Caernarfon on away goals, former Saint Danny Barton scoring twice.
Rhyl's Andy Moran also got two as they went through 5-2 against NEWI Cefn Druids.