Here's your TNS line-up for today's visit to Latham Park. The one change today sees Aaron Jones make his debut in goal, replacing Paul Harrison.
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Goals: Draper penalty (67), Hudson (74), Routledge (77)
Substitutions: Parry for Edwards (46), Darlington for Brobbel (79)
Cards: Draper red (69), Routledge yellow (69)
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On a Boxing Day encounter at Latham Park, a well-organised Newtown side kept The New Saints at bay in the early stages. Although having lots of possession, the best opportunity in the opening quarter of an hour came from a Hudson header that Draper got a touch to that was eventually put behind for a corner.
It was the home side who not only weathered the storm-possession but went one better and broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute. A foul on Mills-Evans in the box resulted in a spot-kick that was converted down the middle by Reed, as Jones dived in vain to his right.
Two minutes later it was Draper again in the thick of the action for The New Saints, although this time his shot was hit tamely at Jones, following a chip from Edwards.
Within five minutes of the first goal, the Robins doubled their lead, with ex-TNS striker Reed again the man on target. Giving the ball away in his own half, Brobbel’s mistake was eventually punished as Rushton found Reed, who slotted the ball past the debutant Jones.
The reigning JD Welsh Premier League champions had lots of early pressure in the second period with Draper, Marriott and Parry all involved in action as the visitors attempted to pull a goal back.
The lifeline that TNS were after was thrown to them in 77th minute, when following a foul on Marriott in the box, the result was the second penalty of the game.
Up stepped the JD WPL’s leading goalscorer, Draper, who hit the back of the net to halve Newtown’s lead.
Just two minutes later though, it was hero to zero. Involved in a tussle with Mills-Evans as they both went for a through ball, the New Zealand international lashed out, an action that saw him receive a straight red, his marching orders and an early bath.
The tempo of the second half continued as both sides created chances. It was a Blaine Hudson wonder-strike from outside the box though in the 74th minute that hauled TNS back into the game.
Just three minutes later the comeback was complete as Routledge sealed the victory for Scott Ruscoe’s side.
With five minutes of added time, a tremendous save in the dying moments from Jones denied Goodwin a late equaliser.
This coming Saturday (December 30 2017) it’s the reverse JD WPL fixture, as The New Saints welcome Newtown to Park Hall. The kick-off time is 2.30 p.m.
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