|New College 0 – 2 TNS Scholarship U-19 College
Midland College Cup
Wednesday 8 Oct 2003, Away - Telford
DEBUTANTE David Lewis, who has just signed non-contract for Saints, broke the deadlock with a 69th minute strike to help send TNS into the next stage of the cup.
Ardill broke from the centre and fed the Welshman, who held off the challenges of two defenders before lashing an 18-yard strike into the bottom right hand corner past a flapping New College keeper.
TNS showed their battling qualities throughout to overcome adverse weather conditions and a spirited New College outfit.
As both teams tried to adapt their game to compensate for a strong crosswind and difficult surface, it was TNS who were the quicker into their stride.
The lively Dan Hamer forced a low save from the New College keeper after just four minutes.
At the opposite end, Dan Edwards was forced to pull off the best save of the day after just six minutes, as a one-on-one face-off resulted in a smart low parry from the TNS keeper.
David Lewis went close, John Beckett saw his effort turned onto a post and Darran Lawrence’s header was swept off the line as the visitors dominated much of the first-period.
New College relied heavily on a long-ball game and Edwards was forced to backtrack on the 20-minute mark as a weak Blakemore header caused confusion and the ball trickled threateningly towards the TNS line.
Half-time substitutions signalled a change in formation and style for the Saints, producing some flowing attacking football as the Telford team began to tire.
TNS scored the decisive second goal through Steve Lally, who latched on to an over-hit cross before hammering home a front post drive.
Sharpness, fitness and match practice proved vital as TNS got a deserved win with a good team performance, although New College provided a thorough test.
TNS: Edwards, Sumner (Fellows 40), Blakemore, Lawrence, Mason (Lally 40), Ardill, Cheadle (Jones 60), Ramuite (Ashley 40), Beckett (Prescott 75), Lewis, Hamer.
[Report by David Ardill]