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Feb 17th 2006 at 19:30 Cwmbran Stadium Attendance 199
Cwmbran Town
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The New Saints
Match report WELSH PREMIER

Nicky Ward beats Richard Lancaster to open the Saints' account.
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Ward hat-trick leaves Crows in trouble

CWMBRAN never recovered from a first-half mauling as a Nicky Ward hat-trick helped Saints to stretch their lead at the top to 15 points.
The struggling Crows are now firmly entrenched in the two-strong drop zone and there appears little or no hope that the inaugural 1992-93 champions will survive.
After TNS goalkeeper Gerard Doherty had done well to save from home midfielder Martyn Phillips, a four-goals-in-20-minutes salvo soon left the Crows dazed and confused.
Ward set the ball rolling when he beat keeper Richard Lancaster to touch in a Steve Evans’ downward header before he made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Lancaster had fouled him.
Scott Ruscoe was next denied by Lancaster when through one-on-one, but made amends moments later by firing in a long-range effort through a crowded goalmouth.
Ward completed his treble by heading in from a Jamie Wood right-wing cross to put TNS four ahead at the break and it could have been even better.
In a one-sided first-half, Graham Evans went close in the early exchanges while Michael Wilde was unable to find the target from three good positions.
With TNS easing off, the Crows gained more possession but simply weren’t strong enough to break through, although Simon Heal's long range lob almost caught Doherty stranded off his line.
So it was left to TNS defender Steve Evans to do it for them by heading past a bewildered Doherty in injury time. Before the blunder, Lancaster was forced off with a head injury with Josh Collins taking over between the sticks, but he was never tested by the Saints' attack.
Referee: Kerry Morgan

Steve Evans, og (90) Nicky Ward (21)
Nicky Ward (pen) (28)
Scott Ruscoe (39)
Nicky Ward (41)
Starting line-ups
Richard Lancaster
Terry Green
Gareth Wysome
Nicky Ward
Michael Binning
Daniel Claire
Simon Heal
Geraint Goodridge
Rhys Carpenter
Joshua Collins
Martyn Phillips
Gerard Doherty
Chris King
Phil Baker
Steve Evans
Tommy Holmes
Scott Ruscoe
Barry Hogan
Nicky Ward
Michael Wilde
Graham Evans
Jamie Wood
Jamie Edwards
Zak Misbah
Samir Misbah
Darly Tippings
Michael Jackson
Steven Beck
Scott Jones
Rhys Lewis
Marc Lloyd Williams
Jamie Edwards -> Michael Binning (51)
Daryl Tippings -> Terry Green (69)
Zak Misbah -> Richard Lancaster (76)
Steven Beck -> Barry Hogan (66)
Michael Jackson -> Phil Baker (66)
Marc Lloyd Williams -> Graham Evans (68)
Terry Green (24)
Geraint Goodridge (51)
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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.