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Dec 26th 2005 at 14:30 Maesydre Attendance 290
Welshpool Town
1 - 2
The New Saints
Match report WELSH PREMIER

Mike Wilde stabs home the first goal.
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Saints fill their Christmas stocking

WELSHPOOL keeper Gerard McGuigan tried to play Scrooge, but Saints filled their Christmas stocking with a 2-1 success at Maesydre.
Despite McGuigan's heroics and a late goal from Steve Rogerts, the TNS win was throroughly deserved as they dominated much of the proceedings.
Chris King was first to test the home keeper before Michael Wilde provided the cross for Marc Lloyd Williams to see his header saved.
Wilde then had a header and a shot turned away by the former Porthmadog and Rhyl keeper, who was in inspired form.
But his one lapse cost Welshpool dear as he failed to cut out a Tommy Holmes cross in the 22nd minute and Wilde stabbed home from close range.
But the stopper was soon back in the groove, keeping out Jamie Wood's shot with his legs before saving Wilde's follow-up shot.
Welshpool's only 'chance' of the first half came from a Mike Thompson free-kick which hit the defensive wall as they struggled to mount a serious attack.
A superb Lloyd Williams burst from midfield ended with his shot going wide before TNS doubled their lead. A free-kick found Steve Evans on the left hand by-line and he somehow lobbed a shot into the far corner over McGuigan's head.
Gerard Doherty was forced to tip a shot over the bar as Pool staged a rally, with Phil Baker seeing his shot saved at the other end.
But the Lilywhites gave themselves a lifeline when Steve Rogers held off defenders in the 70th minute before planting his shot across Doherty into the far corner.
Welshpool's niggling tactics had seen a second half brawl as referee Cavanagh lost control, but the Saints kept their cool in the closing stages to ensure they benefitted fully from Port Talbot's home defeat, to go 12 points clear at the top of the table.
Referee: S Cavanagh

Steve Rogers (73) Michael Wilde (22)
Steve Evans (60)
Starting line-ups
Gerard McGuigan
Geraint Windsor
Gethin Lloyd
Mark Roberts
Brett Jefferies
John Keegan
Mike Thompson
Ross Jefferies
Steve Rogers
Calvin Davies
Justin Wickham
Gerard Doherty
Martyn Naylor
Chris King
Phil Baker
Steve Evans
Tommy Holmes
Scott Ruscoe
Steven Beck
Marc Lloyd Williams
Michael Wilde
Jamie Wood
Ceri James
Aden Shannon
Jonathon Jones
Michael Jackson
Mark Davies
Nicky Ward
John Toner
Ceri James -> Justin Wickham (57)
Aden Shannon -> Mike Thompson (74)
Nicky Ward -> Marc Lloyd Williams (80)
Michael Jackson -> Steven Beck (86)
Mike Thompson (35)
Ross Jefferies (57)
Brett Jefferies (62)
Geraint Windsor (76)
Ceri James (82)
Scott Ruscoe (28)
Steve Evans (62)
Jamie Wood (64)
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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.