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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 July, 2005, 14:35 GMT 15:35 UK
Village pride as Saints march in
Fernando Morientes of Liverpool and Tommy Holmes of TNS (left)

Villagers in Llansantffraid are delighted with their side's battling performance in the Champions League.

Although the Welsh Premier champions lost 3-0 to the holders Liverpool, local people said The Saints, as they are known, should be proud.

The few left in the village who did not travel to the match watched on TV, with 13 coaches taking fans to Anfield.

A Steven Gerrard hat-trick was needed to sink the Powys club, who play the second leg at Wrexham next Tuesday.

Landlord of the Cross Keys Inn, Graham Carter said: "They did very well, but it was a shame they let in the third goal because they had held them off for so long.

"I suppose the result was inevitable but I'm glad it wasn't a trouncing. TNS acquitted themselves well."

I'm a big Liverpool fan, but I changed colours for the game
Andrew Smart

He added: "I didn't do to the match, but I watched it on TV at the pub and the atmosphere seemed amazing."

Liverpool fan and chef at the village's Jugs restaurant, Andrew Smart, confessed that he supported his home side for the evening.

"I'm a big Liverpool fan, but I changed from red to green for the game on Wednesday," he said.

"I had to work but kept tabs on the game. The restaurant's guests were also keen to follow the team progress as they enjoyed their meals."

TNS fans on their way to Wednesday's match
TNS fans on their way to Wednesday's match

He added: "I hope TNS perform well next week at Wrexham, because the home match has created so much interest among people outside the village."

Thirteen coaches, nearly 700 fans, travelled from Llansantffraid to the game in Liverpool on Wednesday.

In all, more than 3,000 TNS supporters were at Anfield stadium which was a sell-out for the match.

The second leg of the Champions League qualifier will be held at Wrexham's Racecourse ground on 19 July.

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