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Steve Evans (far left) heads his first goal at Welshpool.
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Saturday 1 May 2004: Away, Maes-Y-Dre


TNS are Welsh Premier bridesmaids yet again, after Rhyl made no mistake in deservedly clinching the title at Porthmadog's Traeth.
Beaten twice by the Lillies in the league, Saints can have no complaints, but the title was lost elsewhere - most notably in a home draw with Welshpool and the recent Treflan defeat by Caersws.
A win in either match would have made all the difference, but it was not to be and it's hats off to Rhyl - unbeaten in the Welsh Premier since September.
Victory at Welshpool was academic as it turned out, but Saints made no mistake with a five goal show which included a hat-trick from Steve Evans.
John Toner started the rot after six minutes, when he latched onto a through ball, found himself in the clear, and lobbed Welshpool keeper Steve Goodwin.
It was two-nil two minutes later, as Evans rose to head Martyn Naylor's left-wing corner.
Evans made it three on 19 minutes, again from a Naylor supply and the wing back's free kick on the stroke of half-time was headed back across goal by Chris Taylor for Michael Wilde to head past Goodwin.
Saints again dominated the second half, but could only add one more goal. The home keeper was at fault as he stood and watched Evans's hat-trick header fly past him into the net.
An overwhelming victory, but too late in the day, as news of Rhyl's exploits filtered through.
Beaten to the trophy by seven points in 2001/2, three points last season and one point this time, TNS are at least closing the gap.
Maybe next year they can go one better, although revenge against Rhyl still beckons in the Welsh Cup final.
1 May 2021
 
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