Saints leave it late

The New Saints battled to a two one victory against Rhyl at Park Hall stadium thanks to goals from Matty Williams and Kai Edwards.

The Saints opened the scoring in the 14th minute after Williams slotted home from close range but Matty Woodward equalised for his side in the 65th minute. However, Edwards scored what proved to be the winning goal with only ten minutes left to play.

With the rain pouring down, both sides struggled to get control of the match during the early stages but after Mike Wilde had hit the post from a corner, Williams broke the deadlock. Jamie Mullan expertly dribbled into the box before picking out the former Rhyl man, who made no mistake from inside the six yard box to slot home and give his side the lead.

With 20 minutes gone, Aeron Edwards tried his luck from range and his powerful effort went narrowly over the bar as the home side looked to extend their lead.

Ten minutes later and former TNS player, Alex Ramsay wonderfully denied Williams from completing his brace. The Rhyl goalkeeper pushed the ball out for a corner after Williams had looked destined to double the advantage.

The second half started with The Saints continuing to push forward and within minutes Wilde flicked the ball wide, after Aeron Edwards had shot towards goal.

The visitors carried on defending well and despite Craig Harrison’s side controlling the game, the visitors equalised against the run of play. Substitute Danny Laverty whipped in a delightful ball and Woodward headed past Paul Harrison to pull Greg Strong’s side level.

Soon after, Chris Jones found himself in space on the edge of the box but powered his shot over the bar as the home side continued to be frustrated by Strong’s side.

As the game became much more open, Williams volleyed over from range before Carlos Roca fluffed a great opportunity for the visitors by scuffing his shot wide.

However, with ten minutes left to play The Saints retook the lead. Chris Marriott’s powerful corner was diverted in by Edwards who couldn’t miss from two yards out.

Rhyl kept battling on put The Saints played out the rest of the game to collect another important three points.

The TNS line up for tonight’s Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League fixture against Rhyl consisted of Paul Harrison (C), Simon Spender, Chris Marriott, Phil Baker, Kai Edwards, Chris Seargeant, Aeron Edwards, Matty Williams (Greg Draper 78), Jamie Mullan, Chris Jones (Scott Quigley 86) and Mike Wilde.

The unused substitutes for The Saints were Connell Rawlinson, Lee Fowler, Ryan Edwards, Ryan Kershaw and Luke Douglas.

The Rhyl line up was made up of Alex Ramsay, Matty Woodward, Sean Dowling, Chris Rimmer, Ryan Astles, Tom Donegan, Peter Dogan, Paul McManus, Steve Lewis (Josh Williams 71), Jonathan Bathurst (Danny Laverty 61) and Carlos Roca.

On the bench for the visitors were Nikki-Lee Bulmer, Danny Hughes, Tom Roberts and Mark Cadwallader.