League Cup
Tue 20 Mar 2012 : Park Hall / 19:45

The New Saints

3 - 2

Newtown AFC

Chris Seargeant 18'
Alex Darlington 45'
Alex Darlington 89'
65' Nick Rushton
67' Gareth Partridge
Darlington gives Saints a late advantage
TNS v NewtownA LATE goal from Alex Darlington ensured The New Saints will take a slender lead to Latham Park in the second leg of the League Cup semi-final.
But they were left to rue a string of missed chances and some sloppy defensive errors after surrendering a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead.
Chris Seargeant fired TNS in front in the 18th-minute from Simon Spender's right-wing cross and only a superb save from Newtown keeper Nick Thomas kept out a stinging shot from Chris Williams after good work by Sam Finley.
Keiran Mills-Evans forced keeper Alex Ramsay into a save at the other end but Darlington added the second goal on the stroke of half-time, heading home from Marcus Giglio's left-wing delivery.
Seargeant hit the post early in the second half but the Robins levelled with two goals inside three minutes.
Nick Rushton intercepted a stray Giglio back-pass for the easiest of chances before Gareth Partridge dinked the ball over his marker to slot home the equaliser.
In a purple patch for the visitors, Matty Cook hit the crossbar and Callum Wright forced a good save from Alex Ramsay.
Sub Charlie Proctor drew another good save from Thomas in the visitors' goal before, in the last minute of normal time, Darlington produced a fine individual goal, lobbing the stranded keeper from the edge of the box.
Photo: Chris Seargeant gets past Newtown's Shane Sutton to score the first TNS goal.
Alex Ramsay
Simon Spender
Marcus Giglio
Phil Baker
Connell Rawlinson
Barry Hogan
Scott Ruscoe
Chris Seargeant
Alex Darlington
Sam Finley
Chris Williams
Line-ups Nick Thomas
Gareth Partridge
Connor Courtney
Matthew Cook
Kieran Mills-Evans
Shane Sutton
Zac Evans
Steve Blenkinsop
Nick Rushton
Luke Boundford
Jamie Price
Nicky Ward
Tom Roberts
Charlie Proctor
Paul Harrison
Aeron Edwards
Subs Callum Wright
Max Penk
Tom Worthington
Tom Roberts > Chris Williams 70'
Charlie Proctor > Chris Seargeant 75'
Nicky Ward > Barry Hogan 84'
46' Callum Wright > Connor Courtney
90' Callum Wright
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