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The New Saints FC v
Rhyl FC

Kick off:14:30 Sunday, 14 Oct 2007
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 781

Referee: Dean John

Wood Wins it for the Saints at Park Hall

In one of the biggest Principality Welsh Premier League games of the Season to date, where Second met Third and last year's Champions hosted their Runners-Up at Park Hall Stadium, it was The New Saints who came out on top courtsey of a solitary Jamie Wood strike in the First Half. A healthy crowd of 781 watched the match played in Oswestry and it was the home side who managed their Sunday Best to climb up to second in the table.

In what is traditionally a tightly contested match between two very well managed teams, it was likely that it would take just one effort to determine the outcome of the result, so when Ken McKenna's team took the initiative by taking the lead after 19 minutes through Wood, the thrice consecutive Champions looked favourites to leapforg their perennial rivals.

The ex- Man Utd midfielder, who has been dogged by injury over the past couple of seasons showed just why McKenna has shown confidence in the talented individual as he bagged his third goal in two matches. A ball through the middle by Scott Ruscoe was deflected to the advancing Wood, who from 10 yards, calmly planted the ball past Lee Kendall in the Lilywhites goal.

The visitors' best chance fell to Lee Hunt in the 35th minute, but, after cleverly working an opening from an exchange of passes with Craig Jones, pulled his shot past the far post.

George Horan headed wide from a Jimmy Kelly cross as Rhyl pressed for an equaliser, with Michael Wilde firing wide for Saints just before half-time.

In a scrappy second period, clear-cut chances were at a premium, although Horan's goal-bound header was cleared off the line and eight minutes from time Wood headed wide from close range. The Saints victory continued their excellent League form of seven successive wins to leapfrog Rhyl in the League Table.