New Saints increase lead at the summit

by Sion Cleaver

Full-time outfit The New Saints have found themselves to be six points clear of Bangor City at the top of the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League after their recent Televised triumph over a visiting Llanelli side.

Alex Darlington opened the scoring for the Saints from Oswestry in the 12th minute, with Greg Draper doubling the league leaders’ lead seven minutes later with a touch of brilliance. The conditions definitely played a part on Saturday, as the combination of a wet, foggy atmosphere with TNS’ artificial surface proved to be fatal for Llanelli, who couldn’t get into the game.

The Saints were running away with the game by the end of the second half, with another two goals from Alex Darlington and Greg Draper putting the game past Llanelli in front of a nationwide TV audience.

Llanelli came out stronger in the second half, and a 54th minute goal from Rhys Griffiths spurred the visitors on to nick the point against the run of play. Aeron Edwards was adjudged to have been unfairly challenged inside the home half with thirty minutes left to run, leaving Rhys Griffiths to step up and hit home the visitors second goal of the day. Despite Llanelli’s best late efforts, the scoreline ended at 4 -2 to the home side, who are now sitting comfortably at the top of the Welsh Premier League table.

Newtown AFC welcomed an enthusiastic and vocal number of away supporters on Saturday to witness Port Talbot Town’s visit to Latham Park. Newtown were yet to win this season and the visiting Blues were looking to build on their recent two nil home victory over Carmarthen Town.

The visitors started the game on the back foot with Newtown looking dominant in the early minutes. The home side were in the lead by the 14th minute thanks to a Max Penk effort. The remainder of the first half was relatively even, with both sides enjoying spells of possession and at times, showing flares of utter brilliance. The scoreline remained the same until the 82nd minute when a Luke Boundford strike trickled past Port Talbot’s newest signing, Bartek Fogler of Polonia Warsaw fame. The game ended with Newtown’s first victory of the season, and they did it in still, with a 2 – 0 nil cleansheet over mid-table Port Talbot Town.

Carmarthen Town looked to bounce back from last week’s two goal thumping by Port Talbot Town with a home victory over Prestatyn Town at Richmond Park. Geraint Passmore’s 12th minute strike put the home side in the lead, and it took until the 79th minute for the Old Gold to grab their second when Jack Christopher hit home. Karl Murray grabbed a goal back for the visitors seven minutes later and, after an exciting finishing ten minutes, the game ended at 2 – 1 and Carmarthen fans went home happy knowing that their team still have a hope of staying in Wales’ top-flight after a recent bad spell.

In other results, Bala Town triumphed over lowly Aberystwyth Town when two efforts from Lee Hunt and one from Mark Connolly made the game 3 – 0 for the home side. Aberystwyth Town, who started the season looking to break into the Europa League, are now in a relegation fight after a recent streak of poor performances.

The biggest shock of the day came from the Marston’s Stadium in Port Talbot, where Afan Lido held on to a goalless draw against visiting big boys, Bangor City. After a number of promising chances for the visitors, league newboys Afan Lido did well to hang on to possession and help TNS strengthen their lead at the top of the Corbett Sports Premier League table.

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