TNS endured heartache after a 3-3 draw at Aberystwyth Town ended their hopes of sealing a place in the Championship Conference of the Genero Adran Premier.

TNS enjoyed a dream start and led in the first minute as Caitlin Chapman whipped in a ball from 20 yards away and beyond home goalkeeper Margot Fanes.

Niamh Duggan tested goalkeeper Mackenzie Haydn-Jones at the other end.

TNS continued to dominate with captain Beth Lewis firing over after 25 minutes before Helen Evans tested Fanes.

The Seasiders grew into the game with Imogen Scourfield testing Haydn-Jones after 32 minutes and just moments later Amy Jenkins headed the hosts level.


Border Counties Advertizer: Aberystwyth's Lily Moralee-Hughes during Aberystwyth Town Women vs The New Saints FC Women in roundAberystwyth's Lily Moralee-Hughes in action. (Pic by Sam Eaden/FAW).

Beth Lewis rattled the post with a free-kick and Chapman was denied by the woodwork just before the break.

The home side started the second-half on top with Lily Moralee-Hughes denied by Haydn-Jones before Duggan’s 54th minute free-kick found the net as the Seasiders led for the first time.

TNS were sparked into life and levelled on the hour with a 12 yard thunderbolt from Lia Lewis.

However the Saints were still celebrating when the home side restored their advantage with the influential Duggan picking out Rebecca Mathias to net from close range.

The Saints toiled desperately to get back into the game and new signing Mel Barlow was found by Lewis to level deep into injury-time.

It was not enough for TNS as the Oswestrians just fell just short of a top-four place on goal difference to Aberystwyth.

TNS will now regroup and prepare to compete in the relegation conference with the club favourites to top the lesser conference.