You can never have too much football, can you? More of a rhetorical question than one demanding an answer, that was the case this last weekend, as The New Saints featured in back-to-back games.
The football-fest kicked off on Friday afternoon as we departed Park Hall en route to the county-town of Caernarfonshire. I would add, one of Wales’ most beautiful counties, but then again they all aren’t they? Cue another rhetorical question!
As per the last visit to The Oval, in November 2014, I was on the team bus. It’s an easy journey along the A55, but the last 100 metres down the narrow street lined with cars on both sides must be one of the most difficult manoeuvres that a coach driver could be called upon to make. Both trips so far have been successful though and we’ve ended up right outside the ground.
Eight months ago there was a scoreline of 3-2 and that was the case again, except it was the Canaries who were singing this time round. Surging into a three-nil lead, two late goals rescued at least some credibility for TNS. In all fairness though, Caernarfon did have a strong team out while we made six changes from the usual line-up, including five youngsters.
Considering the last game I attended was a Champions League fixture in Hungary, you’d think that it would be a real comedown wouldn’t you being at The Oval on a Friday night. Actually you couldn’t be further from the truth. I thoroughly enjoyed connecting with old friends from our previous visit.
The icing on the cake, however, was having the Cofis ex-manager Lee Dixon as our special guest on TNS Radio. It really was a pleasure and after a successful career as both player and manager, Lee can certainly add radio presenter to the list if ever he decides to go down that route! I’m sure though that at the tender age of 35 there’s still plenty of managerial mileage in him. My job’s safe, for now at least!
I didn’t roll into bed until well into the early hours and then I was back up and on my way to Park Hall again, this time for the visit of Cliftonville. Good links exist between the two clubs and it was great to have the respective Chairmen on air with us. The Drinking Chairmen if you’ve seen my Dancing In The Streets Of TNS blog entry last weekend! The game itself ended 0-0.
Our next TNS Radio show comes from Denbigh Town this coming Friday, so make sure you’re tuned in, we look forward to your company. Don’t forget to tweet us via the TNS account, but above all make sure you use the hashtag #TNSRadio. Twitter gets busy during games and we don’t want to lose any messages specifically sent to us.