The New Saints let a two goal lead slip as Rhyl managed to battle back to claim a draw at the Corbett Sports Stadium.
Greg Draper opened the scoring in the 37th minute and only five minutes later it was two nil thanks to Chris Seargeant. Stefan Halewood pulled a goal back for the home side in the 55th minute. In the 72nd minute, substitute Ashley Stott levelled and made sure that the match finished two all.
In what was a lively opening to the game, David Forbes fired a powerful shot over from a tight angle before Danny Gossett followed suit by smashing over the bar from the edge of the box.
The Saints then fluffed a great chance to break the deadlock. The impressive Seargeant slipped in Draper but the TNS number nine fired wide from eight yards out.
Kai Edwards’ excellent half volley was then expertly saved by Alex Ramsay. The former TNS goalkeeper tipped over the powerful effort to ensure that the game remained level.
With TNS dominating possession, Draper tapped in from four yards out after Chris Marriott had done brilliantly to pick him out. The left back skipped past a couple of Rhyl defenders and his excellent cross was finished off by the New Zealand international.
Within minutes it was two nil to TNS. A great team move was clinically finished by Seargeant to give Craig Harrison’s side a two goal advantage at the break.
The second half started with Rhyl pulling a goal back. Halewood’s powerful header beat Paul Harrison at the back post to give Greg Strong’s side hope.
With only twenty minutes left, Rhyl managed to grab an equaliser. Having only just come on, Stott headed in from a corner to level the match.
Late on, substitute Scott Quigley appeared to be brought down in the box but the referee disagreed and issued the youngster with a yellow card.
TNS: Harrison, Spender, Marriott, K.Edwards, Rawlinson, A.Edwards, Baker, Cieslewicz, Draper (Quigley 70), Seargeant (Finley 80) and Mullan.
The unused substitutes were Mullock, Darlington, Williams, Hadjari and Pryce.
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