TEN MEN TNS JUST HOLD OUT
TEN men league leaders Total Network Solutions preserved their unbeaten Welsh Premier record with a 1-1 draw at lowly Carmarthen Town - but were made to battle all the way after playing much of the game with 10 men.
Already hit by injuries, the Llansantffraid men were further disrupted with Martin Naylor red-carded for a rash challenge on Owen Thomas after just 11 minutes.
Yet, the early loss of the rightback seemed to make little difference to the hosts who produced some neat play as both sides refused to yield in a competitive encounter.
Carmarthen, however, struck first blood on the stroke of half time when a corner was played short to Steve Devonald on the left, his cross bounced about in the box before Dale Price pounced on the loose ball and steered his angled shot into the net.
TNS, however, took just nine minutes of the second period before drawing level when Dave Bridgewater beat keeper Gareth Williams with a low free kick from the right corner of the box.
Despite playing with just 10 men, the Mid Wales high fliers looked the more likely to find a way through with keeper Gerard Doherty rarely troubled in the second half.
And the Saints went close to snatching all three points two minutes from time when substitute Nicky Ward saw a fierce 20-yard drive superbly tipped against the bar by Williams.
But the visitors had to be content with a share of the spoils on a ground where they had lost their previous four league visits.