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Nov 30th 2001 at 14:30 Treflan Attendance: 292
The New Saints
5 - 1
Gap Connah's Quay
Referee: K J Parry WELSH PREMIER

Goalscorers
John Leah (5)
Chris Taylor (22)
Ricky Evans (42)
Justin Perry (52)
Anthony Wright (87)
Rain (61)
Opening XIs
Gerard Doherty
Mark Powell
Robbie Wood
Tim Alexander
Chris Taylor
Tommy Holmes
Chris Edge
John Leah
Ricky Evans
Anthony Wright
Justin Perry
Turner
Hopkins
Tuft
Hutchinson
Horan
McCosh
Mazzarella
Terry
Rain
Kenworthy
Roberts
Substitutes
David Bridgwater
Steve Anthrobus
Gary Powell
Pepper
Griffiths
Carroll
Substitutions
David Bridgwater -> Ricky Evans (64)
Gary Powell -> Chris Edge (71)
Steve Anthrobus -> Justin Perry (85)
None
Yellow cards
Ricky Evans (53)
Chris Taylor (58)
Steve Anthrobus (85)
Horan (60)
Red cards
None. Horan (80)
Match report | Fan comments
SAINTS STORM TO THE TOP

TNS threw down the gauntlet to their title rivals after storming to the top of the League of Wales with a five-goal hammering of previous leaders Nomads.
Starting the game two points behind the Deesiders, the Saints never looked back after taking a fourth-minute lead when Chris Edge released John Leah who steered the ball past advancing keeper Jason Turner from 20 yards.
Adapting better to the wet conditions, the hosts continued to make the running before increasing their lead in the 22nd minute as Tommy Holmes floated a superb left-wing cross to the far post and Chris Taylor beat Turner with his downward header.
Nomads, having not lost in the league since the opening day of the season, were restricted largely to long range efforts while often finding themselves at full stretch in defence.
Leah steered a golden chance wide from 20 yards with the goal at his mercy but TNS were not to be denied four minutes before the interval as Wright surged through on the left, forced his way past two defenders before squaring for Ricky Evans, who crashed home his first time effort from 16 yards.
Any thoughts of a fightback from the visitors disappeared six minutes after the break as striker Justin Perry, on his home debut, netted TNS's fourth when his 20-yard effort was deflected over the luckless Turner.
Nomads had found little joy going forward but lifted their spirits on the hour when top scorer Stuart Rain volleyed his 12th goal of the season from outside the box. Yet, it was the home side who looked the more likely to increase their tally with the impressive Leah drilling a low strike against the post while Robbie Wood thundered a 30-yarder against the bar.
With the Deesiders becoming increasingly frustrated, defender George Horan was sent off for his second booking on 78 minutes following a foul on substitute Steve Anthrobus.
And TNS completed the scoring in spectacular fashion two minutes later as Wright broke through before lobbing the ball over Turner from 40 yards.
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