Saints draw a blank at the Meadow
THE New Saints fought out a goal-less draw against Haverfordwest County at a rain-soaked New Bridge Meadow.
Home boss Derek Brazil admitted his side had been set-up to secure a point and played with Robbie Walters as a long striker with a five-man midfield.
Buoyed by their 2-1 win at Rhyl’s Belle Vue the previous week, County created an early opening when Walters fed Steffan Williams on the right and Jamie Bradford headed the resulting cross just over the bar.
That was about as good as it got for the hosts whose goal led a charmed life for much of the game, especially in the second half.
Craig Jones shot just wide of the far post after he had dispossessed Damon Searle and Steve Abbott was also inches wide of the target.
Scott Ruscoe saw his shot tipped over the bar and keeper Lee Idzi foiled Matthew Berkeley.
Ruscoe again went close, missing a gaping goal at the back post from a Craig Williams cross and Edwards was then denied by the woodwork.
Steve Evans also got forward on a couple of occasions only to send headers over the target.
County had defender Lee Bevan dismissed three minutes from time following an altercation with Steve Evans as Andy Cale's men extended their clean sheet to 806 minutes of action in all competitions.
"It was really one-way and, on another day, if we had scored an early goal, it could have been five or six," said TNS managing director Mike Harris.