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The New Saints FC

Bangor City v
The New Saints FC

Kick off:19:30 Friday, 7 Sept 2007
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 475

Referee: Kevin Parry

Wilde grabs winner for Saints

Report from www.saints-alive.co.uk

MICHAEL Wilde's 68th-minute header sealed a deserved win for The New Saints at Farrar Road. But they were forced to come from behind after conceding an early goal, when slack marking allowed Mark Smythe to steal in at the back post for a simple finish past keeper Gerard Doherty.

Wilde had already been denied by home stopper Paul Smith and the Saints continued to carve the better openings, with the striker firing over from 20 yards after Alfie Carter's shot had been saved. Smith saved a stinging effort from Luke Holden before TNS levelled on the half hour, Carter scoring his fifth of the league campaign after his first effort was parried by Smith.

Jamie Wood fired wide and Carter headed wide from Wood's cross as the Saints recovered from their early set-back and should have gone in ahead at the break. Carter and Holden were again wide of the mark in the second half with Bangor on the back foot, but with Holden providing most of the Saints' attacking options it was no surprise when his inch-perfect cross provided the opening for Wilde to out-jump Martin Beattie to head past Smith at the back stick.

Beattie was was red-carded minutes later when Lee Evans adjudged he was the last man when making a clumsy challenge on Wood. The numerical advantage began to tell on the Citizens, but TNS were unable to add to their tally with Scott Ruscoe finding the side netting and Smith saving well from Wilde, who then missed a gilt-edged chance in front of goal from Ruscoe's cross. But TNS were well worth the three points, despite being unable to find their best form once again.