The curtain came down on another Welsh Premier League season and what a fine season it was for TNS.
Unbeaten for 42 games, a Word Cup Final in the bag, another league wrapped up and an upcoming semi-final, it couldn’t get much better really.
Ever since watching TNS, they have gone from strength to strength, and this season, without doubt, has been their best so far I believe.
The squad is as good as it has ever been, and that has been shown by that long unbeaten run.
It will have been fitting to go all the season unbeaten, however that was scuppered last week, but it doesn’t taint what has been an unbelievable campaign, so credit to Craig and his team.
Sunday was a little bit of a flat ending to the season really, and for the Saints it had the feel of an end of season clash.
Bala were bang up for it, and in all fairness probably deserved to win the game, but that just shows what TNS can do.
They can take pressure, ride their luck and still have the quality to come out in tact.
It was a respectable 1-1 draw, but it wasn’t really about the game for the Saints, it was about honouring the achievements of one man.
Scott Ruscoe brought the curtain down on his illustrious career at Maes Tegid and the guard of honour, and reception he received was superb, and fitting for a man who made his 300th start for TNS.
I first saw Scott play back at Llansantffraid’s Treflan ground on a cold Boxing Day when John Toner led the way in a 6-0 win for the Saints over neighbours Welshpool.
But Ruscoe was superb that day, he stood out, and you could see the talent he had.
For one man to play so many games for one club in his day and age in the WPL is tremendous.
I spoke about it on commentary yesterday, and it is a great achievement for the simple fact their are so many journeymen in this league.
That is taking anything away from them journeymen, because they are talented and have played at a high level, but they don’t stay at clubs for very long in the WPL.
Whereas Ruscoe has made 392 league starts, 92 for Newtown and 300 for the Saints.
A record to be admired, well done Scott.