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Feb 22nd 2003 at 14:30 Treflan Attendance 236
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Match report WELSH PREMIER
BATTLING NEWTOWN HOLD TNS

TNS kept their noses in front at the top of the Mitsubishi Welsh Premier despite being held by battling Newtown in a closely-fought Powys derby at Treflan.
With title rivals Bangor and Barry also sharing a draw, the Llansantffraid high-flyers ensured their advantage remained on goal difference.
Gary Brabin (right) and Paul Gedman set up an attack on goal under challenge from Newtown’s Gareth HughesNeither side were able to seriously trouble the opposition goalkeepers in a wayward first half, Mark Williams firing wide in one of the best openings for Newtown, while at the other end, Robbie Wood was off target from long range and Nicky Ward's free kick was comfortably held by keeper Gary Haman.
But the second half immediately sparked into life as Mike Wilde turned Gary Brabin's right-wing cross narrowly past the post for the Saints a minute after the interval.
However, it was Newtown who went ahead two minutes later when a deep free-kick was flipped on by Williams and Justin Wickham nipped in amid some defensive hesitation to tuck the ball past keeper Gerrard Doherty.
But TNS launched an immediate riposte as Scott Ruscoe linked well with Wilde on the right before drilling a low angled strike into the far corner.
The Saints continued to push, but were unable to capitalise on a succession of crosses as the Newtown rear-guard held firm.
Ward crashed one angled shot past the post on 78 minutes as the home raids became increasingly urgent.
Yet it was Newtown who could have gone ahead on 82 minutes when Chris Adamson threaded a neat pass through the defence and Wickham out-paced the defence, but was denied by the outstretched hand of Doherty as he attempted to chip the keeper.
TNS pressed late on and went agonisingly close to snatching the points in injury time when Ruscoe's corner from the left was headed goalwards by Chris Taylor, but keeper Haman managed to turn the ball away.
Referee: K L Parry

Goalscorers
Scott Ruscoe (53)
Justin Wickham (50)
Starting line-ups
Gerard Doherty
Martyn Naylor
Robbie Wood
Chris Taylor
Tommy Holmes
Tim Alexander
Scott Ruscoe
Gary Brabin
Nicky Ward
Michael Wilde
Paul Gedman
Haman
Shakespeare
Evans
Jellicoe
Hazelden
McPhee
Wickham
G Hughes
Adamson
Williams
Edwards
Substitutes
Simon Heal
David Bridgwater
John Leah
Morgan
Thomas
Futcher
Substitutions
John Leah -> Paul Gedman (75)
Simon Heal -> Robbie Wood (85)
Morgan -> G Hughes (72)
Thomas -> Edwards (75)
Yellows
Chris Taylor (56)
McPhee (45)
Reds
None None
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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.