Still in pre-season mode, I’ve seen TNS play a couple of times this week and it’s certainly been a goal-fest, with the net rippled a total of fourteen times. With a ratio of 12:2 in favour of The Saints, it’s been a pretty good few days.
First up was the behind-closed-doors friendly at Everton. Played at the Finch Farm training complex, we stormed into a 3-0 lead but the tide turned as the Blues came back with a brace of their own. Fortunately though the final goal went our way and a late penalty settled the game.
David Unsworth managed the Everton team, while the likes of Duncan Ferguson and Joe Royle were watching. Obviously with all the money in the English Premier League there is an impressive set-up. However, from a personal point of view, it didn’t stir up any desires of ambition. I was more than happy to get back home to Park Hall. Home is where the heart is.
Two days later and it was off to Denbigh Town for a Friday night fixture. Six up at the break, I was wondering whether we would make double-figures. However in the end it was an 8-0 victory, although I must add that it wasn’t just about the score, the performance was pretty impressive as well.
I was particularly made-up for Jamie Reed. He hasn’t seen as much game-time as I’m sure he would have liked, but to score a hat-trick will have done his confidence no harm at all. In fact you could see that on the pitch as he gave (to use a football cliché) 110% from start to finish. In the post-match interview with Scott Ruscoe for TNS TV, I commented that this is the sort of selection headache that managers want.
Talking of TNS TV, we’ve started doing interviews the last week or so and they’re now on the club’s YouTube channel. We’ve had Craig Harrison and Scott Ruscoe on the pitch after games plus the gaffer in the tunnel at TNS. In addition, Steve Evans has been on talking about being a winner on and off the field. Oh and by the way, did you know there was a word called ‘qis’? Check out the Stevie interview to find out what that is all about.
We’re also going into Oswestry town centre every Wednesday from now on. If you’re around then come and say hello. We’ll have the Welsh Premier League trophy with us so if you’ve got kids then bring them along for a photograph with it. It’s pretty impressive and attracts lots of comments.
TNS Radio is back on Wednesday when we will be covering TNS Ladies v Shrewsbury Town Ladies from Park Hall. We’ll be going on air from 7.15 pm and you can listen via the link on the club website. Finally, it won’t be long now till the Dafabet Welsh Premier League kicks off. I can’t wait!