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Published: Thursday 2 December 2004, 11.00CET
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Published: Thursday 2 December 2004, 11.00CET

TNS have all the answers

Monthly review: Table-topping Total Network Solutions FC remain the team to beat in Wales.
By Trevor Haylett

Total Network Solutions FC strengthened their lead at the top of the Welsh Premier League with a 2-0 home win over Haverfordwest AFC and remain unbeaten after 14 games.

Rhyl slip
The belief that the title is heading to Llansantffraid also grew with Rhyl FC's failure to beat Connah's Quay Nomads FC, granting TNS a six-point advantage. In fact the champions needed an 87th-minute equaliser to avoid a second successive defeat following their 2-1 reverse against Bangor City FC.

First win
Llanelli FC remain at the foot of the table but things are looking up for the promoted club following the arrival of new manager Nick Tucker which inspired a first win of the season, 3-1 at home to Afan Lido FC. Now the Stebonheath Park club have their sights set on overtaking Airbus UK FC who have just one point more after seven defeats in a row.

May quits
It was an eventful month for Llanelli with Eddie May resigning after a disastrous start to the campaign in which they lost all their opening nine games. May said: "I am not a quitter but without financial backing it is very difficult to build a competitive team." The club has also been put up for sale for around €500,000.

Newtown stumble
Caersws FC are third on the same number of points as Rhyl while Newtown FC's challenge has dipped following a successful October which saw Roger Preece named Manager of the Month. Their 2-1 away win at Caernarfon FC stopped the rot of back-to-back defeats.

Damaging fire
Aberystwyth Town FC are in good form with four successive league wins elevating them to seventh place. Off the field the club suffered a blow when a clubhouse fire caused damage running into tens of thousands of pounds, destroying "irreplaceable" memorabilia.

Moran's deal
Rhyl striker Andy Moran, currently serving a seven-month ban for failing a drugs test, has signed an extension to his contract until May 2007. Moran was a major factor in the club's success last season, scoring 47 goals as Rhyl stormed to the title, Welsh Cup and League Cup.

Heavy penalty
In the English league Wrexham FC remain in crisis with efforts to find a buyer unsuccessful. A winding-up petition brought by the Inland Revenue has been temporarily lifted and the League One club, who have reported debts of over €1.1m, are considering a move into administration. However, under new Football League rules that would incur a ten-point penalty.

Last updated: 02/12/04 17.58CET

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