Jonny's Blog

All good things have to come to an end sometime and that was the case on Saturday in Flintshire.

 

It would have been an unbelievable achievement for The Saints to go unbeaten all season, however Glenn Rule scuppered that with a second half volley, and it just wasn’t to be for Craig’s men.

 

In truth, it was a dour game, that no side really deserved to win.

 

There was a lack of clear cut chances, with only one really being handed to either side, and Kai Edwards knows he really should have buried that, however these things happen in football.

 

Airbus had to win to keep their automatic European hopes alive, and they did just that, so all credit to them, and a special mention for Andy Jones.

 

I have known AJ since I began working for Newtown nearly three years ago, and on and off the field he is a top bloke.

 

A lot of people, myself included questioned his move last season to go to the Airfield, as no one really knew his best position.

 

However AJ has flourished, and that was shown by his captain’s and man of the match performance on Saturday.

 

He put his head where others wouldn’t and he led the way for Airbus in that win, and I wouldn’t be surprised if other clubs had a look at him.

 

But well done to AJ, he has become one of the leagues best centre backs in recent times.

 

Despite the defeat, the title is in the bag, and all attentions now turn to Bala on Sunday, and Newtown in the Welsh Cup Final.

 

There is more riding on it for Bala, as they can secure automatic qualification to the Europa League, however Craig has insisted the Saints will be gunning for all three points.

 

After that it is the final, and a day for myself, that I am dreading.

 

I will always have an affinity with the Robins as they were the first club I worked for, and alongside West Brom they are always the first result I look for at Saturday.

 

My loyalties will be divided on May 2, and I won’t be offering any predictions prior to the game, sorry Rev.

 

For the Saints it will complete a treble, and for Newtown, it would only be their second ever Welsh Cup Final win.

 

No matter what the result, it is going to be one special day at Latham Park, but I can’t dare call it.

 

In other news from local football, Caersws and Guilsfield will meet in an all Mid Wales League Cup Final this weekend, and it will be a fitting tribute if they can pick up a trophy after the season they have had.

 

Mike Parry’s side completed their best ever season in the Alliance, finishing third, so good luck to them on Saturday at Porthmadog.

 

And finally, with the last game of the WPL season coming this weekend, we are in for an exciting finish at the top.

 

The bottom is all sewn up, Prestatyn and Druids are rooted in the bottom two, and depending on how things stand at the end of the Welsh League, there will be two up and two down for the first time in 14 years.

 

Commiserations to Druids and the Seasiders. I have enjoyed the trips to the respective grounds this year and I am sure you will be back in the coming years.

 

Bala and Airbus are now battling at the top, thanks to Rule’s goal, and that will be the main grand stand finish to look out for this week.

 

The format comes under scrutiny all the time, from me included, but no one can accuse some of this weekend’s battles of being boring.

 

All the best and enjoy the last game of the season.

 

Jonny