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Aug 11th 2007 at 15:00 Keys Park Attendance
Hednesford Town
3 - 0
The New Saints
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Rob Williams can't stop Tom Marshall's overhead kick from finding the net.
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Saints mine nothing against the Pitmen

AN inauspicious end to the pre-season saw The New Saints slump to a 3-0 defeat at Keys Park, the home of Unibond Leaguers Hednesford Town.
With Ken McKenna taking compassionate leave, Gary Brabin took charge of a squad missing defenders Phil Baker and Tommy Holmes, and strikers Ronnie Morgan and John Toner.
Saints still managed to dominate much of the opening half, but had little to show for their efforts and came closest to scoring when Michael Wilde's header whistled wide of the mark from a Chris King cross.
Paul Robinson nearly opened the Pitmen's account, but Gerard Doherty scrambled the ball to safety, with Alfie Carter, back from a trial at Oldham, heading over from Steven Beck, who thensaw his shot saved by keeper Rene Gilmartin after Carter's good work down the byline.
Beck's long range effort failed to test the home stopper and the Pitmen's goal in first-half stoppage time came against the run of play. Doherty called for a Tim Sanders corner but allowed Peter Knox to get his head to the ball first and the close range effort found the back of the net.
Wilde might have done better when one-on-one with Gilmartin on the resumption, but the tables were soon turned as Hednesford broke from the back in a flowing move, smartly finished off by sub Alan Nagington from Danny Blair's pass.
Doherty saved the day from another home attack before Tom Marshall got the third with a spectacular overhead kick which flew into the corner of sub stopper Paul Harrison's net.
Wilde fired over in a late attack but, for the most part, the Saints were well held by the Pitmen's defence, as they seemed to lose interest under the blazing second-half sun.
The only bright spots for TNS were the performances of man-of-the-match Martyn Naylor, who worked tirelessly down the right hand side, and Michael Wilde, who lacked much support in his front running role.
Referee:

Goalscorers
Peter Knox (45)
Alan Nagington (56)
Tom Marshall (75)
None
Starting line-ups
Rene Gilmartin
Keenan Meakin-Richards
Gary Sucharewycz
Tim Sanders
Tom Marshall
Paul Robinson
Ross Dyer
Dave MacPherson
Peter Knox
Danny Blair
Simon Forsdick
Gerard Doherty
Duane Courtney
Martyn Naylor
Chris King
Rob Williams
Scott Ruscoe
Steven Beck
Barry Hogan
John Leah
Michael Wilde
Alfie Carter
Substitutes
Gordon Simms
Tom Ward
Ross Adams
Mark Briggs
Alan Nagington
Reece Styche
David Brown
Paul Harrison
Tom Brady
Mark Davies
Carl Lamb
Luke Holden
Jamie Wood
Substitutions
Ross Adams -> Gary Sucharewycz (34)
Mark Briggs -> Tim Sanders (46)
Alan Nagington -> Peter Knox (51)
Reece Styche -> Ross Dyer (65)
Gordon Simms -> Keenan Meakin-Richards (66)
Luke Holden -> Barry Hogan (60)
Jamie Wood -> Alfie Carter (73)
Paul Harrison -> Gerard Doherty (73)
Alfie Carter -> Chris King (81)
Yellows
None None
Reds
None None
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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.