Total Network Solutions 1-1 Welshpool Town
AERIAL BALLET: Steve Evans goes aerial in an early
on the Welshpool goal.
J T Hughes Mitsubishi Welsh Premier
Friday 12 December 2003: Home - Treflan
SION Meredith's smash and grab raid three minutes from time salvaged a point for Welshpool in the Powys derby.
The substitute rose to meet Garry Evans's free kick and powered a header from the edge of the box into the top corner, past a helpless Dean Williams in the TNS goal.
The goal came from a rare visiting attack in a match which Saints threatened to dominate but again could not find a killer blow.
Manager Ken McKenna was disappointed with his side's display.
"We played in patches, but our final ball was poor and we squandered chances," he said.
"We strolled through the game without any conviction or purpose. We are missing John Leah and Scott Ruscoe in midfield, they are the engine room and the players who have come in to replace them have not been up to scratch."
Saints took the lead in the 39th minute, when Martyn Naylor's cross was headed across goal by Jamie Wood for Michael Wilde to head home at the far post.
Gary Brabin had been unlucky to see an earlier, 20-yard effort turned away by Steve Goodwin, making his reappearance for Welshpool after being re-signed from Newtown.
In the second half, Jamie Wood shot wide, Brabin fired wide from 20 yards and Wilde missed from 10 yards from a Wood square ball.
wimpered into a draw here tonight, I'd rather we'd got stuck in and had
a good go and got beat. To me, that was unacceptable"
- Ken McKenna
Christian Courtney had an early chance to level for Town just after the break, but shot wide when well placed.
The win leaves the Saints four points clear at the top of the Welsh Premier, but it really should have been six on a night of under achievement by the home side.Haverfordwest held
With all but one of the weekend's games drawn, there was little change in the pecking order.
Haverfordwest stay fourth, just one point behind Aberystwyth, after being held to a 1-1 home draw by Caernarfon, for whom Calvin Davies scored a late equaliser from a disputed penalty.
Bangor City again disappointed in a 2-2 home draw with lowly Carmarthen Town, for whom Luke Fayers grabbed an 89th minute leveller.