Hungary Awaits Special Saints

A wonderful hat-trick from Mike Wilde and a Matty Williams goal secured 4-1 victory for TNS over B36 in the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round second leg at Park Hall Stadium.

On what was a memorable night at TNS, the four goals added to the two scored last week in Torshavn to ensure a 6-2 aggregate victory over the side Faroese side.

The Saints, who were in control of the tie after winning 2-1 last week began well and Wilde nearly opened the scoring after two minutes but his header went just over.

However, the TNS number 18 didn’t have to wait long for his next chance and coolly slotted in from close range to give Craig Harrison’s side a perfect start after only 14 minutes.

Hans Samuelson then had a well taken free kick saved by the ever dependable Paul Harrison before Wilde was once again in the thick of the action, this time hitting the bar with a powerful header.

With The Saints dominating the game, the second goal came midway through the first half and it was that man again with the goal. Wilde slotted home from eight yards out to double the advantage on the night.

The former Chester City man nearly completed a first half hat-trick but was thwarted on the goal line thanks to a brilliant block from the desperate B36 defence.

With TNS thoroughly on top in the first half the second half began in a similar fashion and on the 47th minute, Wilde completed his well deserved hat-trick. The energetic Simon Spender whipped in a great ball from the right hand side and Wilde slotted it in to complete his hat-trick.

Sam Finley then ran over 50 meters with the ball before rolling he ball inches wide when as The Saints continued to control the game.

Simon Spender then hit the woodwork when his cross clipped the cross bar before substitute Matty Williams added a fourth goal late on by passing the ball in past Thomsen to put the icing on the cake.

B36 did score a consolation with what was nearly the last kick of the game thanks to Lukasz Cieslewicz but it was TNS who progressed after winning 4-1 on the night.


TNS win 6-2 on aggregate.

Attendance 1148.


The TNS line up was Harrison (C), Spender, K.Edwards, Rawlinson, Marriott, Seargeant, A.Edwards (Williams 84), Finley, Quigley, Cieslewicz (Mullan 63) & Wilde( Draper 76).
The unused substitutes were Mullock, Baker, Darlington and Reed.