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McKENNA NOT GIVING UP HOPE
 
Jamie Wood is set to return to Saints' starting line-up
as they travel to Welshpool.
Welshpool Town v Total Network Solutions
J T Hughes Mitsubishi Welsh Premier
Saturday 1 May 2004: Away - Maes-Y-Dre


SAINTS' manager Ken McKenna will not concede the Welsh Premier to rivals Rhyl until the fat lady sings on Saturday afternoon.
The Lillies' Wednesday night win over Bangor leaves them as warm favourites for their first-ever title.
With one game remaining, TNS must rely on the leaders dropping points at Porthmadog while making sure they win at close rivals Welshpool Town.
"We've got to go out and do our job and just hope they slip up, that's all we can do," said McKenna.
"But we're not expecting any favours from Welshpool as it's a local derby, and they'll be wanting to get one over us."
The manager is taking a remarkably relaxed approach to the final run-in. Rather than sweating on the outcome of Wednesday night's game at Belle Vue, he went out for a meal and it was almost 10 o'clock before he discovered the final score.
In McKenna's eyes, there is no point wasting energy worrying about events beyond his control.
He said: "On Saturday I won't be trying to keep up with what's going on at Porthmadog because I'll have my own match to concentrate on. If we slip up against Welshpool, then it makes things academic anyway. We aren't treating the game any differently to any other match."
"We've made it as hard as we can for Rhyl by winning our last three games and scoring 12 goals.
"But credit to them, they've kept going and they can only throw away the title now."
Nicky Ward is unlikely to figure in the final league game with a pulled hamstring, but striker Jamie Wood is set to return to the starting line-up.
30 April 2021
 
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