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Nov 12th 2002 at 19:30 Treflan Attendance 185
Total Network Solutions 3 - 0 Newport County
Match report FAW PREMIER CUP

Newport's Matt Rose puts through his own goal for Saints' opener [Photo: www.newport-county.co.uk]
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ANTHROBUS BRACE SINKS COUNTY

NEWPORT County suffered their first defeat in the group stages of the FAW Premier Cup at the hands of Welsh Premier Leaders TNS.
At the Recreation Ground, Newport had a bright start with Gary Shephard and Mike Fowler having shots in the early minutes but it was the home side that drew first blood when a neatly taken free kick by Martin Naylor saw Chris King latch on to it and the ball ended up in the back of the net courtesy of Matt Rose's headed clearance.
Newport created plenty of half chances without really threatening, although Gary Shepherd went close twice.
In the 44th minute, there was controversy as Billy Clark fouled Justin Perry and the official referee decided that he was not the last man and only booked him.
Two goals in three minutes midway through the second half decided the game with substitute Steve Anthrobus scoring them both.
The first came when some fine interplay saw Ruscoe free to cross for Anthrobus to slot home from 6 yards, and he claimed the second when Evans flicked on Gary Brabin’s in-swinging corner for an easy chance.
Referee: Kevin Jones

Goalscorers
Matt Rose (og) (11)
Steve Anthrobus (67)
Steve Anthrobus (69)
None
Starting line-ups
Dean Williams
Martin Naylor
Chris King
Tommy Holmes
Steve Evans
Chris Taylor
John Leah
Scott Ruscoe
Gary Brabin
Justin Perry
John Toner
Pat Mountain
Andrew Thomas
Steve Benton
Billy Clark
Jeff Eckhardt
Nathan Davies
Matt Rose
Mike Fowler
Neil Davis
Gary Shephard
Steve Cowe
Substitutes
Gerard Doherty
David Bridgwater
Steve Anthrobus
Steve Rogers
Michael Wilde
Allan Stevenson
Scott Walker
Raith Plant
Josh Dupres
Tim Hart
Substitutions
Steve Anthrobus -> John Toner (60)
Steve Rogers -> Justin Perry (71)
Michael Wilde -> Martin Naylor (75)
Allan Stevenson -> Neil Davis (67)
Scott Walker -> Nathan Davies (46)
Josh Dupres -> Jeff Eckhardt (71)
Yellows
Steve Anthrobus (88)
Steve Benton (15)
Billy Clark (44)
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.