TNS ARCHIVE
THRHYLLER IN PROSPECT AT BELLE VUE
WP ARCHIVE
Rhyl FC (0) v Total Network Solutions (1)
Loosemores Challenge Cup 2nd Round, 2nd Leg
Tuesday 16 December 2003: Away - Belle Vue

David Bridgwater's penalty was all that separated the sides in the first leg last week.
A CUP thriller is in prospect on Tuesday night, when Saints travel to Belle Vue to defend a one goal lead in the Loosemores of Cardiff Challenge Cup.
TNS will need to step up several gears on their latest performance against Welshpool Town in the Powys derby, which manager Ken McKenna labelled as 'unacceptable'.
Rhyl have already emerged as the Saints' main rival for honours this term and success in this competition would not only ensure a semi-final tie for the visitors, but come as a considerable confidence booster for the League campaign that lies ahead.
Against Welshpool on Friday night, Saints showed the same failure to perform and concentrate for 90 minutes that cost them the Welsh Premier game at home to Rhyl - and allowed the 10-man visitors to escape from Treflan just a goal down from the first leg a week ago.
McKenna scratched his head after the derby draw and said: "I just can't put my finger on the problem - we played without conviction or purpose."
There is no doubt that McKenna is right when he says that TNS have missed the influence and fighting spirit of John Leah and Scott Ruscoe in midfield, but with players of the calibre of Steven Beck, David Bridgwater and Simon Davies available to plug the gaps, there really are no excuses.
Rhyl will be hoping that leading scorer Andy Moran - missing from the first leg due to work commitments - will be available for this game after his fine display against Saints in the league match.
The Lilywhites were without a game in the League this weekend, so should be fresh and raring to go - Saints will need to be at their best to finish 2003 with a flourish here and in the 'six pointer' at Park Avenue on Boxing Day.

15 December 2020