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Jan 1st 2008 at 14:30 Park Hall Attendance 453
The New Saints
2 - 0
Welshpool Town
Match report WELSH PREMIER

Scott Ruscoe turns away to celebrate after scoring the first goal.
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Ruscoe's Happy New Year for TNS

SCOTT Ruscoe capped a man-of-the-match display with a brace as The New Saints completed a festive double over neighbours Welshpool with a 2-0 win.
Despite making the brighter start, the visitors faced an uphill struggle from the 12th-minute when "last man" Geraint Windsor was sent-off for bringing down Alfie Carter on the edge of the box.
TNS failed to capitalise from the free-kick but increasing pressure told on the Lilywhites and Carter's inch-perfect pass provided the opening for Ruscoe to score from close range after 33 minutes.
Jamie Wood had earlier spurned a great chance to open the scoring and Michael Taylor's lob from outside the area almost caught keeper Gerard McGuigan unawares before he tipped the ball over the bar to safety.
Wood was wide on the restart from an offside position with Ross Jefferies firing well over from distance in a rare attack by the Lilywhites.
Ruscoe and Steven Beck had shots beaten away by keeper and defence as the Saints went in search of another goal to clinch the points, but McGuigan almost gifted a goal when he cleared the ball straight to Carter, who sent a 35-yard effort sailing just wide of the target.
Saints had to wait until nine minutes from time to make the game safe, when Luke Holden crossed from the left for Ruscoe to forge into the box before planting his shot past McGuigan.
Sub John Toner almost got on the scoresheet from Carl Lamb's lay-off with Ruscoe almost grabbing a hat-trick in injury time, only to see his scorching effort go just over the bar.
Referee: Darren Adie

Goalscorers
Scott Ruscoe (33)
Scott Ruscoe (81)
None
Starting line-ups
Paul Harrison
Duane Courtney
Chris King
Michael Taylor
Tommy Holmes
Scott Ruscoe
Steven Beck
John Leah
Luke Holden
Jamie Wood
Alfie Carter
Gerard McGuigan
George Hughes
Paul Dowridge
Dave Cunnah
Ross Jefferies
Geraint Windsor
Chris Venables
Ross Stephens
Aden Shannon
William Thomas
Richard Harris
Substitutes
Phil Baker
Craig Whitfield
Sean Jones
Carl Lamb
John Toner
Steve Rogers
Daniel Barnett
Ian MacLeod
Christian Webster
Substitutions
Phil Baker -> Tommy Holmes (65)
John Toner -> Steven Beck (65)
Carl Lamb -> Jamie Wood (78)
Steve Rogers -> Aden Shannon (66)
Daniel Barnett -> William Thomas (82)
Ian MacLeod -> Ross Stephens (89)
Yellows
None Chris Venables (31)
Ross Jefferies (49)
Reds
None Geraint Windsor (12)
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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.