Date: Fri 20 Dec 2013

Friday's Round-Up

TNS 1-1 Bala Town

Mike Wilde controls (Photo: TNS FC)

Mike Wilde controls (Photo: TNS FC)

The New Saints drew one all with Bala Town after a Connall Murtagh goal cancelled out a brilliant free kick from Chris Seargeant, writes Gil Wooley.

Seargeant opened the scoring on 38 minutes but ten minutes into the second half, Conall Murtagh converted from the penalty spot.

With the rain pouring down, The Saints had all the ball but with ten minutes gone, TNS had only managed a couple of long range shots from Simon Spender and Ryan Fraughan, that Ashley Morris was able to keep out.

Spender then produced a brilliant cross which Mike Wilde met but the former Chester forward fired over after superbly turning in the box.

Minutes later, Fraughan found space before curling an effort just wide as the home side continued to press forward.

With seven minutes left of the first half, Seargeant opened the scoring. The TNS number 12 hit an unstoppable free kick into the bottom corner from long range, leaving Morris with no chance.

The visitors started the second half well and were awarded a penalty after Connell Rawlinson was adjudged to have pushed Mark Connolly on 57 minutes. The former TNS player Murtagh stepped up and sent Harrison the wrong way, as TNS conceded at home for the first time this season.

Bala continued to push forward and went close on numerous occasions but were unable to get past Harrison.
Stuart Jones and Kai Edwards both had chances to win it but both headed over as the conditions worsened.

TNS continued to search for the winning goal and despite Craig Harrison bringing Greg Draper on, the TNS number nine couldn't score the decisive goal despite looking dangerous once he received the ball.

The rain continued to fall and no more goal came, ensuring that Bala were the first team to take points off TNS at Park Hall, all season.

Aberystwyth Town 1-2 Port Talbot Town

Prestatyn midfielder Neil Gibson takes on Danny Desormeaux (Photo: Nik Mesney)

Prestatyn midfielder Neil Gibson takes on Danny Desormeaux (Photo: Nik Mesney)

In a very blustery and wet Park Avenue, Aberystwyth Town lost their 10 month home streak without losing, as they fell to two late goals to Port Talbot, writes Nye Venables.

Aberystwyth against the wind edged the chances in the first but the heavy raj and gusting winds made most impossible for both teams. Early in the second half Antonio Corbisiero played two in swinging corners trying to play the wind to the Seasiders advantage, and it worked as Craig Williams managed to glance the ball on his head and over the line on 50 minutes.

As the half wore on chances fell to both sides in the box, but first Rhys Griffiths quickest to react on 84 minutes then a good strike from the edge of the area on 88 minutes from Chad Bond condemned Aber to a loss and make Port Talbot the first side to do the double over Aberystwyth this season.

Mike Hayes rounds Dave Roberts for the opening goal (Photo: Nik Mesney)

Mike Hayes rounds Dave Roberts for the opening goal (Photo: Nik Mesney)

gap Connah's Quay 2-2 Prestatyn Town

The Nomads were denied a first win in 10 games at Deeside Stadium as two late goals from Prestatyn saw a true game of two halves end level, writes Nik Mesney.

Both sides took advantage of the strong wind, with The Nomads dominating the majority of the first half, while the second half saw Prestatyn camped in The Nomads' half. An early mistake from Prestatyn 'keeper Dave Roberts saw Mike Hayes rob him, round him and finish with only six minutes on the clock. The Nomads created a number of other first half chances with Simon Everall unlucky not to make it 2-0 before half time.

Prestatyn came out for the second half and dominated possession, but on a rare Nomads counter attack, a penalty was awarded for a handball inside the box which Paul Mooney calmly slotted in to make it 2-0. Prestatyn however were not to be beaten and worked tirelessly in the difficult conditions and hit two late goals through substitutes Gareth Wilson and Sean Hessey to end a tough fought game 2-2.

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