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Wales round-up: Llansantffraid remain clear

Published: Sunday 5 January 2003, 19.42CET
TNS Llansantffraid FC maintained their three-point lead with a 1-1 draw at Carmarthen Town FC.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2003, 19.42CET

Wales round-up: Llansantffraid remain clear

TNS Llansantffraid FC maintained their three-point lead with a 1-1 draw at Carmarthen Town FC.

TNS Llansantffraid FC maintained their three-point lead at the top of the League of Wales with a 1-1 draw at Carmarthen Town FC, while second-placed Barry Town AFC missed the chance to close the gap as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Newtown AFC.
 
Unbeaten run
The league leaders had Martin Naylor dismissed in the eleventh minute before Dale Price gave Carmarthen the lead just before half-time. However, Llansantffraid maintained their unbeaten away record as Dave Bridgewater equalised with a free-kick nine minutes into the second half, and the away side held on for a draw, with goalkeeper Gareth Williams making a crucial save from Nicky Ward in the final minute to ensure his side a share of the spoils.

Early lead
Barry took the lead against Newtown through Scott Morgan's 11th-minute header, but the visitors drew level twelve minutes into the second half when Dylan McPhee equalised. Lee Phillips restored Barry's advantage, but the sending off of Richard Kennedy gave Newton hope and Mark Williams scored their equaliser four minutes from time.

Big game
The weekend’s big match saw Aberystwyth Town FC entertain Bangor City FC. Both sides created good scoring chances but Bangor won the match with the game's only goal, scored by Kenny Burgess after 55 minutes.

Unexpected defeat
Afan Lido FC suffered a surprising 3-0 home defeat to Flexsys Cefn Druids AFC, who took the lead through Joe Desormeaux before two goals from Paul Gedman on his debut sealed the victory for Flexsys. Rhyl FC came from behind to record a 2-1 win over Cwmbran Town FC with goals from Mark Powell and Andy Moran.

Goals galore
The game between Welshpool Town FC and Port Talbot Town FC ended 3-2 to the away side, although Welshpool took the lead with a Joel Kinsey penalty midway through the first half. Rob Folland equalised early in the second half, before both Kinsey and Stuart Loughnane were dismissed in quick succession to leave Welshpool with only nine men. The visitors took full advantage, with Mark Dodds giving them the lead before Folland’s second meant Ben Kinsey’s late goal was no more than a consolation.

Important point
Elsewhere, Caernarfon Town FC won 2-0 at home to Connah's Quay Nomads FC, while struggling Haverfordwest County AFC snatched a valuable 1-1 draw at Caersws FC with a late equaliser from Lee Hudgell. Meanwhile, Llanelli FC are now four points adrift at the bottom after a 3-1 defeat at Oswestry Town FC.

Last updated: 06/01/03 9.14CET

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