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Bangor City

The New Saints FC v
Bangor City

Kick off:14:30 Saturday, 12 Jan 2008
Fixture Type: Welsh Premier League
Attendance: 409

Referee: Ceri Richards

TNS unlucky 13 in Bangor run

<1r>A late scare failed to stop The New Saints' title surge after Bangor's 13-match unbeaten run came to an end on the artificial surface at Park Hall. The defending champions looked to have the points in the bag with goals in each half from Alfie Carter and Carl Lamb, before they were breached in the last minute when Ashley Stott stole in to plant his header into the net.

And the visitors almost snatched a share of the spoils with virtually the last kick of the game when Marc Limbert's corner from the right was headed inches wide by the unmarked Lee Webber at the far post. A relieved TNS boss Ken McKenna would say his side just about merited the victory, despite being made to work all the way by the Citizens, who are the only side to have won at Park Hall this season.

Bangor had started brightly, with Les Davies having a couple of efforts from distance saved low down while home defender Michael Taylor had to head clear from Sion Edwards' testing cross.

But the Saints got their noses in front in the 21st minute when the lively Lamb shrugged off his marker on the right and saw his angled shot parried by keeper Paul Smith. The front runner coolly slid the rebound into the path of Carter, who converted into an empty net. Both sides had opportunities in the second half, with Toner's glancing header bringing a fine save from Smith, while at the other end Chris Seargeant fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

But the Saints, now unbeaten in 19 league games, bagged a crucial second on 68 minutes when Lamb steered a near post header into the net from a Luke Holden corner.