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Oct 8th 2006 at 14:30 The Remax Stadium Attendance 478
Port Talbot Town
2 - 1
The New Saints
Match report WELSH PREMIER

Talbot players engulf late scorer Richard French.
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Talbot's sting in the tail for TNS

A GOAL in the third minute of added time from substitute Richard French handed the spoils to Port Talbot as TNS slumped to their first league defeat of the season.
Despite dominate much of the opening half and taking a 19th minute lead through Nicky Ward, the Saints turned in a poor second-half display to surrender the advantage to the Steelmen.
There was no hint of the drama to come as TNS controlled the opening half. After four minutes Barry Hogan released Alfie Carter but Matthew Rees made a timely interception just inside the penalty area. Martin Rose made a vital goalmouth challenge on Greg Stones following a corner from Scott Ruscoe and when a back pass by Chad Bond was snapped up by Carter he shot wide from eight yards.
Saints went in front on 19 minutes when Duane Courtney fed Alfie Carter whose cross eluded Matthew Rees and Lee Surman for Ward to sweep home from eight yards.
Rose's narrow-angled shot flew across the face of the goal in a rare Talbot attack and TNS were denied a second goal when Stones hit the bar with a header and Michael Jackson saw his back-heeled effort saved as the hosts struggled to get into the game.
But they showed signs of a revival just before the break when Dylan Blain's shot was saved by Gerard Doherty, who was almost caught flat-footed on the stroke of half-time by a 30-yarder from Dyfan Pierce.
Straight from the kick-off, the Steelmen levelled, winning a corner on the right which was headed-in unmarked at the far post by Pierce. Martin Rose hit the side-netting for Town, but Steven Beck should have put TNS back in front when sending his shot across the face of goal.
Ward's attempted lob from 18 yards went just over the bar and with a draw on the cards, French drove home his angled shot from just inside the box to send the home fans into raptures.
Referee: Steve Hames

Goalscorers
Dylan Blain (46)
Richard French (90)
Nicky Ward (19)
Starting line-ups
Kris Rogers
Leigh de Vulgt
Dyfan Pierce
Dylan Blain
Matthew Rees
Lee Surman
Lee John
Nicky Jones
Martin Rose
Chad Bond
Scott Barrow
Gerard Doherty
Duane Courtney
Phil Baker
Greg Stones
Michael Jackson
Scott Ruscoe
Steven Beck
Barry Hogan
John Leah
Nicky Ward
Alfie Carter
Substitutes
Andrew Pearson
Kirk Huggins
Richard French
Mark Davies
Richard Harris
Michael Wilde
Substitutions
Andrew Pearson -> Lee John (82)
Richard French -> Chad Bond (82)
Kirk Huggins -> Scott Barrow (86)
Michael Wilde -> Barry Hogan (80)
Yellows
None None
Reds
None None
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NOTE: For comparison purposes, teams are referred to throughout all seasons by their current names.
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.