TEN-MAN Newtown needed a do-or-die performance at the Deeside Stadium on Friday night to contain a buzzing Nomads side still unbeaten in league combat this season.
Left-back Kevin Scott was straight red-carded as the last defender when he upended Jamie Petrie on 64 minutes but that only served to stoke up their fighting spirit even more.
“It was a tremendous second half, full of excitement and incident and although on balance we did enough to warrant the three points you couldn’t take it away from Newtown for a great effort,” said Nomads boss Jim Hackett.
Newtown’s dangerman Marc Lloyd-Williams almost scored inside four minutes when one-on-one with keeper Paul Pritchard but the high-speed first half ended with two solid defences still unbowed.
Nomads finally made the threatened breakthrough just after the hour mark when Tommy Baker hammered a blistering shot from 20 yards beyond keeper David Jones.
Despite being down to 10 men, battling Newtown created a superb equaliser with a move that left Craig Moses with little more than a tap-in from eight yards on 68 minutes.
Baker then hit a post with a diving header, John McCallister thudded against the bar from 12 yards, and at the other end Pritchard pushed a volley from sub Christian Courtney with a match-saving stop.