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Nov 2nd 2002 at 14:30 Treflan Attendance 195
The New Saints
1 - 0
Port Talbot Town
Match report WELSH PREMIER
RUSCOE STRIKE SENDS TNS TOP

Martin Taylor gets to grips with the Port Talbot midfieldA SCOTT Ruscoe goal was enough to give TNS maximum points at home to Port Talbot and gives them a three point lead at the top of the table.
With Russell Wigley unavailable for this top of the table match Hayden Fleming was a recall to the starting eleven while Gary Twynham was made captain.
TNS started the brighter of the two sides and within minutes of the start had an effort that beat Gary Wager before hitting the post. Port talbot looked uneasy in the opening exchanges with Alan Clark caught short on a number of occasions on the left side.
As the home side continued to pressure Port Talbot held on and created a few half chances on the break, Leon Jeanne finding Mark Dodds in space but he could only find the keeper with his low shot.
The second half saw the introduction of Lee Matthews for Alan Clark and Matthews battled hard in midfield. The physical presence of the TNS back line gave Port Talbot nothing as they won every challenge as the visitors offered little in attack.
Gary Wager was called into action again early in the half and pulled off a fine save to deny the home side extending their lead.
Despite being second best on the day, Port Talbot continued to battle but the superiority of the full time outfit shone through over the 90 minutes as Port Talbot never really looked like scoring.
Referee: K O Jones

Goalscorers
Scott Ruscoe (26)
None
Starting line-ups
Dean Williams
Martyn Naylor
Chris King
Steve Evans
Tommy Holmes
Chris Taylor
Scott Ruscoe
Gary Brabin
John Leah
Justin Perry
John Toner
Wager
Folland
Clark
Bird
Davies
Lima
Twynham
Savage
Dodds
Jeanne
Fleming
Substitutes
David Bridgwater
Steve Anthrobus
Steve Rogers
Matthews
Cockings
Jones
Substitutions
Steve Anthrobus -> Justin Perry (86)
Matthews -> Clark (46)
Cockings -> Savage (87)
Jones -> Dodds (85)
Yellows
Chris Taylor (44)
Chris King (60)
Martyn Naylor (79)
Savage (41)
Dodds (44)
Reds
None None
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Substitute minutes of 99 indicate actual times not known.
The New Saints played as Total Network Solutions from 1997 to end of season 2005/6.
NEWI Cefn Druids played as Flexsys Cefn Druids prior to 2003/4.
Port Talbot Town played as Port Talbot Athletic prior to 2001/2.
Total Network Solutions played as Llansantffraid FC prior to 1997/8.
Match-by-match player stats for season 1993/4 are largely unavailable.