Jonny's Column

An interesting afternoon at the Corbett Sports Stadium left manager Craig Harrison disappointed with his defenders capabilities in the air, as The Saints conceded from two corners in the second half.

It was all plain sailing for The Saints before the break as first Draper and then Seargeant fired their side into a 2-0 lead at the break.

Despite that, The Saints were rocky at the back as they handed Forbes an early chance to score, but he lacked composure to let TNS off the hook.

However, the second half was a different story and Craig was not disappointed with The Saints’ play, but more the fact they were less willing to win the headers in the box.

Halewood and the small figure of Stott nodded Rhyl level and at times it looked like the momentum could take them in front.

It didn’t and TNS were denied a clear penalty, a decision Harrison labelled ’embarrassing.’

To be honest it was, as Quigley was booked for his ‘dive’, which added insult to injury.

It was a set back for The Saints but their lead is still intact as they sit 9 points clear at the top of the WPL.

Sam Finley spoke to me after the game and said the manager had warned them to bring their ‘tin hats’ to training on Monday.

A solid day of heading practice seems to be the order of the day on the training pitch.

The early predictions that Airbus would once again be their nearest rivals is moving into the distance as they lost again to Newtown, a great win for the Robins.

Bala seem to be the nearest challengers now, and after adding Lee Hunt to that front line, they will be the main force to be reckoned with up the top with TNS.

Aber will also be up there after their point at The Venue, but TNS are still sitting pretty.

Next Saturday could bring a potential banana skin for The Saints as they face Alliance high fliers Caernarfon Town at The Oval.

Despite their defeat to Conwy on Saturday, they will bring a different test, but will have to face The Saints without ex Bangor man Jamie McDaid.

However, Lee Dixon’s side will be gunning for the biggest of cup upsets.

Another interesting clash and we will be live on TNS Radio from 1.30pm on Sunday.

All the best.

Jonny.

 

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