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Oct 27th 2007 at 14:30 Park Hall Attendance 267
The New Saints
3 - 1
Neath Athletic
Match report WELSH PREMIER

Jamie Wood rounds Neath keeper Craig Morris for the first goal.
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McKenna doubts Saints' desire

MANAGER Ken McKenna watched his side notch a ninth straight Welsh Premier win against newcomers Neath Athletic, but questioned the desire of some of his players after they swapped a two-goal cushion for walking the tightrope in the closing minutes.
Scott Ruscoe's fifth-minute effort was controversially ruled out for offside by assistant Carmelo Lo Faro, but TNS soon put the disappointment behind them.
Jamie Wood's run ended with him rounding Eagles' keeper Craig Morris before stroking the ball into the back of the net on 11 minutes and a stroll in the park looked on the cards when Ruscoe's 32nd-minute free-kick put the Saints in control after John Leah had been fouled just outside the box.
But TNS invited pressure in the second half, too often passing backwards instead of forwards, surrendering possession and conceding free-kicks in dangerous positions.
Keeper Paul Harrison was perhaps lucky to get a yellow when impeding Carl Shaw just outside the box and then pulled-off a superb double save to deny sub Carl Jenkins.
Neath were rewarded eight minutes from time when Jarrod Price curled a free-kick over the wall and into Harrison's top corner to set-up a nervous final period.
But Saints hit back to secure the points when the irrepressible Wood got the ball to the byline and crossed for Ruscoe to slide-in and notch his second goal of the afternoon.
Wood an Stephen Beck could have added further goals in the closing moments but, overall, McKenna felt his side were again lacking the killer instinct.
"Too many lads are switching off at the moment, it's happened too many times this season," he said. "We've got the ability, we played some really good stuff but sometimes I wonder about the desire of some of them, perhaps they’ve been with the club too long.
"Neath are a good side who are not to be underestimated, but I just feel some of our lads need to wake up to the fact that every game is going to be a battle and they need to dig deep.
"I want to win the league again more than anything this season, and I want them to as well."
Referee: Huw Jones

Jamie Wood (11)
Scott Ruscoe (32)
Scott Ruscoe (88)
Jarrod Price (82)
Starting line-ups
Paul Harrison
Duane Courtney
Chris King
Phil Baker
Michael Taylor
Scott Ruscoe
Steven Beck
John Leah
Michael Wilde
Luke Holden
Jamie Wood
Craig Morris
Billy Timothy
Jack Jenkins
Sean Cronin
Lee Bevan
Dale Evans
Stephen Pockett
David D'Auria
Richard French
Andrew Hill
Jarrod Price
Rob Williams
Barry Hogan
Ronnie Morgan
Carl Jenkins
Matthew Rees
Carl Shaw
Ronnie Morgan -> Luke Holden (73)
Barry Hogan -> Michael Wilde (87)
Carl Jenkins -> Lee Bevan (40)
Matthew Rees -> Richard French (66)
Carl Shaw -> David D'Auria (66)
Paul Harrison (68)
Stephen Pockett (45)
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