Town Hard Done By As TNS Take All Three Points
Llandudno's Fantastic Performance Not Enough As TNS Win 1-0.
New manager Iwan Williams couldn't have had a tougher first home game in charge of Llandudno, as Town welcomed the league champions TNS to The Giant Hospitality Stadium.
TNS started brightly as a Mullan through ball found Spender, who's low cross forced Dave Roberts into action inside the 2nd minute.
Llandudno reacted excellently, and soon had TNS chasing the ball down for a good spell. TNS were looking uncomfortable without the ball, and Town kept piling the pressure on.
Despite periods of sustained pressure from Llandudno it was in fact the visitors who took the lead through Draper, and it was probably the first time this season that TNS had scored against the run of play. A low long-range effort struck the inside of the post and then the back of Roberts, before Draper pounced to score from all of a yard out.
Town responded well to conceding the goal, and pressed hard for an equalizer. But they couldn't quite manage it before half-time, and TNS went into the break 1-0 up.
The visitors again started brightly, and on 51 minutes saw a header from a corner crash off the crossbar as they looked to cement their lead.
But as Llandudno grew into the game they started playing some very tidy football, and it almost resulted in a goal as Joyce was played in on goal only to be flagged offside.
As Town's good play continued there was a huge penalty appeal for handball from Llandudno players and fans alike on 76 minutes, but referee Mark Petch waved away the claims. The appeals could be heard from the fans around the ground for a few minutes as they were visibly unhappy with the decision.
To rub further salt in the wounds, Town saw another penalty appeal waved away just 8 minutes later. There was a tense atmosphere as the final few minutes ran down with Llandudno throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at the TNS back line but just couldn't find an equalizer, as the referee brought an end to an extremely entertaining match. The final score 1-0 to TNS.
Our next home game is on Saturday the 2nd of December as we host Gresford Athletic in the JD Welsh Cup, with a 1.30PM kick off.