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The New Saints FC

Bangor City v
The New Saints FC

Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 6 Jan 2007
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 554

Referee: Dean John

Alfie send Saints back to the Top

TNS took advantage of Rhyl slipping up to move back to the top of the Princiaplaity Welsh Premier thanks to two second half goals from Alfie Carter and Marytn Naylor. The Saints had the best of the opening chances as Steve Beck was denied three times by debutant 'keeper Dimitri Brinias in the Citizens goal. Firstly, December's Player of the Month John Toner set Beck up with a clever lay-off but the former Everton youngster was denied by the 'keeper. Toner himself had two efforts saved before Beck struck wide with the outside of his boot.

Another Toner assist saw Beck's left foot strike saved by Brinias who was impressing the home faithful with the way he kept Ken McKenna's side at bay. Then, against the run of play the Citizens almost took a surprise lead when former Saint Marc Lloyd Williams put the ball in the back of the net from 20 yards out, only for the Assistant referee to raise his flag for offside, which meant a goalless first half.

The Champions started the second period the brighter and almost took the lead when John Leah unleased a thunderbolt feekick from 30 yards but his effort took a slight deflection from a Citizens defender and the shot hit the bar and over for a corner with Brinias beaten for the first time. TNS did manage to breakthrough though mid way into the second half when a delightful lofted ball from Greg Stones looped over full back Kyle Jacobs to find the impressive Alfie Carter in space and he applied the assure finish into the far corner.

The Saints doubled the lead in the last minutes when a speculative freekick cross from Martyn Naylor on the wide right, caught the former Nomads 'keeper unawares and the ball landed in the back of the net, for a justified 2-0 scoreline. Following the game, Saints manager Ken McKenna was pleased with his side and said "we had to work really hard today and dig a little deeper and I was thinking for a while that we used all our goals up over the festive games, but we pulled through in the end." His counterpart Steve Bleasdale was certainly impressed with TNS and tipped them for the title following the game but was also pleased with his side and stated "Kenny (McKenna) will accept we gave them a good game, but I'm upset that we were beaten by two of our mistakes."