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Nearly a shock for Newtown
Guy Jones struck twice to keep Llansantffraid floundering deep in relegation trouble in a scrappy Konica League of Wales affair on Saturday.
Newtown seemed to be well on course after Jones hooked in the first goal after 15 minutes.
Five minutes after the interval, the hosts forged further ahead when a corner form Jason Evans eluded the Saints defence and fell for Andy Cooke, whose angled shot was deflected in by Jones.
Newtown came close to increasing the lead when Jeremy Mulliner turned well before firing against the outside of the post. But the Saints, who enjoyed plenty of possession, started to look more menacing, with Stuart Tulloch clipping the bar with a 15-yard effort while the lively Steve Clifford shot narrowly over from an acute angle.
The Saints did find the net on the hour when Steve Clifford’s surging run was halted in the box by Peter Wilding and the striker picked himself up to convert the spot kick.
The visitors, lifted by the goal, pulled level after 72 minutes when Billy Morris broke along the left and his far post cross found Stuart Tulloch who rifled the ball into the net.
But Llansantffraid’s weakness against corners was again exposed three minutes later when Pikes flag kick was headed on by Colin Reynolds for the unmarked Cooke who made no mistake.
Breeze resigns as Saints slide
After a disastrous run of 13 Konica League of Wales matches without a win, this has prompted the resignation of Llansantfraid boss Graham Breeze.
After a highly promising start to their first season in the league, the Saints have plummeted to second from bottom with all the relegation rivals having games in hand.
Breeze has watched his struggling team take just two points from 39 and last saw them a league match at Briton Ferry on November the 13th.
He hands over the reigns to his assistant Ian Clarke, who’s confident the villagers can escape immediate demotion back to the Cymru Alliance.
A disappointed Breeze, who guided the Club from the Richards the Builders Mid-Wales league to the Konica League of Wales in four years, revealed that he had decided to quit at the weekend after seeing the Saints crash 5-0 at home to Mold.
Poor results and work commitments were the two reasons that influenced his decision to stand down.
Taking responsibility for the results, he said new players were needed by the club but he was unable to devote time to recruitment before next Mondays’ transfer deadline due to work commitments.
"With the club’s best interests at heart I decided that it best that a change was made and suggested Ian Clarke take over which he has done" explained Breeze on Tuesday.
"It's a great disappointment to me. I obviously made some mistakes along the way and been let down badly by some players but it’s certainly not too late for the club to get out of trouble.
"I am not breaking all ties with the club and shall be helping in any way I can between now and the end of the season."
Clarke said he was disappointed by Breeze’s decision but understood the reasons behind it.
As for the Saints chances of avoiding the drop, he said "I know we are in trouble but I still think that we are good enough to stay up, with a couple of inclusions if I can sort that out. Hopefully we can turn it round."
Gareth Jones (15)
Gareth Jones (50)
Andrew Cooke (75)
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