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Dec 7th 2001 at 14:30 Plas Kynaston Lane Attendance 323
NEWI Cefn Druids
2 - 2
The New Saints
Match report WELSH PREMIER
LATE GOAL SALVAGES A POINT

A late own goal saved leaders Total Network Solutions after plucky Druids had looked on course for a League of Wales upset.
With four minutes remaining, a long free kick from Tim Alexander fell for Chris Edge inside the right of the box and the midfielder drilled a low strike into the goalmouth which home defender Aled Rowlands could only deflect into his own net.
The timely leveller was a welcome relief for the pacesetters who were made to battle all the way against a Flexsys side who harried and tackled tigerishly.
But the Saints had started brightly to take a 12th minute lead when Edge threaded a neat pass through the defence and Justin Perry ran on before planting his first-time effort into the far corner of the net from 16 yards.
Hardly had the celebrations settled down when the Druids hit back in spectacular fashion as a determined run from Craig Wilkinson on the left saw the ball break for recalled striker Richard Snell who cashed his swerving 20-yard volley past keeper Gerard Doherty
Lifted by the strike, Cefn continued to allow their visitors little room, helped by some determined tackling, which saw Anthony Wright and Perry both foiled in a goalmouth melee.
With the Saints struggling to make inroads, the hosts struck a second time on the half hour as Snell latched onto the ball in midfield before hammering a superb 40-yard strike into the top left of the net.
Lacking their earlier incisive running, TNS struggled to find a way through the Druids backline that held firm despite the loss of injured skipper Paul Morris in the first half
Edge looked the most likely to restore parity after the break, firing one effort wide while seeing a 30-yarder turned over the bar by keeper Dave Blower.
But at the other end, Snell was denied a hat-trick when Doherty made a timely save with his legs following the forward's strong run.
With time ticking away, the Saints pushed forward in increasingly desperate fashion before finally finding a way through to salvage a deserved point, that keeps them top of the table - for the time being at least.
Referee: K O Jones

Goalscorers
Richard Snell (13)
Richard Snell (30)
Justin Perry (12)
Rowlands (og) (86)
Starting line-ups
Blower
Goodwin
Rowlands
O'Shaughnessy
Morris
Williams
Powell
Wilkinson
Snell
Cowap
Salisbury
Gerard Doherty
Mark Powell
Robbie Wood
Tim Alexander
Chris Taylor
Tommy Holmes
Chris Edge
Ricky Evans
John Leah
Anthony Wright
Justin Perry
Substitutes
Poglettke
Lewis
Richards
David Bridgwater
Gary Powell
John Toner
Substitutions
Poglettke -> Morris (24)
Richards -> Cowap (64)
Lewis -> Snell (73)
David Bridgwater -> Anthony Wright (56)
Gary Powell -> Mark Powell (62)
John Toner -> Ricky Evans (73)
Yellows
Salisbury (8) Ricky Evans (52)
Reds
None None
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NOTE: For comparison purposes, teams are referred to throughout all seasons by their current names.
Substitute minutes of 99 indicate actual times not known.
The New Saints played as Total Network Solutions from 1997 to end of season 2005/6.
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.