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Dec 26th 2007 at 14:30 Maesydre Attendance 471
Welshpool Town
0 - 3
The New Saints
Match report WELSH PREMIER

Alfie Carter dives to head the Saints' third goal.
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Saints make it a Happy Christmas

MAESYDRE has not always been a happy hunting ground for The New Saints, but the league leaders had few problems in maintaining their title push with victory over the Lilwyhites.
Having lost two of their previous three league visits, Ken McKenna's men stamped their authority on the encounter right from the first whistle to secure a victory that keeps them two points clear at the top.
The Saints never looked back after making an 18th minute breakthrough when Jamie Wood's run down the right created the opening for Steven Beck to hammer home the opener from 18 yards.
Scott Ruscoe, Wood and Luke Holden had already threatened the Lilywhites' goal and Ruscoe went close again before scoring the second on 29 minutes.
Defender and last man George Hughes was lucky to escape a red card with referee Steve Hames in festive mood, but Ruscoe made Pool pay the penalty by firing his free kick into the far corner.
Home keeper Gerard McGuigan made a superb save low down to deny the midfielder from another free kick and Wood should have added to the lead before the break.
But the match was effectively over as a contest when Pool failed to clear just after the restart, and Wood crossed for Beck whose mis-hit shot was headed home by Alfie Carter.
Carter had another effort saved by McGuigan, but the home side came more into the game and the introduction of sub William Thomas provided some dangerous moments from right-wing crosses.
The Saints' defence held firm and it was sub Carl Lamb who had the best chance of a goal, somehow firing over the bar from point blank range after being set-up by the excellent Beck.
Referee: Steve Hames

Goalscorers
None Steven Beck (18)
Scott Ruscoe (29)
Alfie Carter (47)
Starting line-ups
Gerard McGuigan
George Hughes
Paul Dowridge
Dave Cunnah
Brett Jefferies
Geraint Windsor
Chris Venables
Ross Stephens
Ross Jefferies
Calvin Davies
Aden Shannon
Paul Harrison
Duane Courtney
Chris King
Michael Taylor
Rob Williams
Scott Ruscoe
Steven Beck
John Leah
Luke Holden
Jamie Wood
Alfie Carter
Substitutes
Richard Harris
Will Thomas
Daniel Barnett
Ian McLeod
Christian Webster
Martyn Naylor
Carl Lamb
John Toner
Substitutions
Will Thomas -> Calvin Davies (53)
Richard Harris -> Dave Cunnah (72)
Daniel Barnett -> Brett Jefferies (83)
Martyn Naylor -> Rob Williams (56)
Carl Lamb -> Luke Holden (68)
John Toner -> Alfie Carter (81)
Yellows
George Hughes (28)
Brett Jefferies (35)
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.