Seargeant and Marriott Secure Points

The New Saints beat Bangor City 2-0 in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League thanks to goals from Chris Seargeant and Chris Marriott.

A Seargeant penalty in the opening ten minutes and a late free kick from Marriott secured the points for the reigning Welsh Premier League Champions.

TNS won an early penalty when Simon Spender broke forward and was brought down in the 11th minute. Seargeant confidently stepped up and sent Connor Roberts the wrong way to give TNS a perfect start to the game.

Ten minutes later and Greg Draper nearly doubled the lead. His superb turn and shot was well saved by the stretching Roberts.

Despite TNS having most of the play, Porya Ahmadi picked the ball up on the edge of the box but his shot flew inches past the post.

Moments later and Bangor had another chance to level. However, Sion Edwards’ shot flew over the bar.

The visitors then forced Paul Harrison into a great save. Ahmadi acrobatically hit a overhead kick from six yards out but Harrison superbly denied the Bangor striker.

The second half began with Matty Williams’ curling effort flying inches over the bar from the edge of the box.

Ryan Edwards’ brilliant strike was then tipped round the post by the diving Roberts as TNS continued to look for the second goal.

Craig Harrison sent on Alex Darlington, Jamie Mullan and Adrian Cieslewicz and within moments the changes nearly worked. After good build up play, Seargeant found himself unmarked in the box but his curling shot was brilliantly palmed out by Roberts.

With five minutes to play, Aeron Edwards’ cross was cut out by Roberts as Mullan looked destined to secure the points.

The points were eventually secure in the 88th minute when Marriott’s unstoppable free kick thundered past Roberts to ensure that The Saints secured three points.

Full time: TNS 2-0 Bangor City.

 

TNS: Harrison (C), Spender, Marriott, Baker, K.Edwards, Seargeant, A.Edwards, Williams (Mullan 70), Quigley (Darlington 76), R.Edwards (Cieslewicz 74) and Draper.

On the bench were Wycherley, Evans, Gosset and Jones.