I’ve always liked midweek games, especially under the floodlights, and that’s what we saw at Park Hall last Tuesday as we entertained Carmarthen Town. I thought the visitors defended well in the first half but with a penalty and a red card against them in the second period, following the weekend draw at Airbus it was nice to get three points on the board.
We (TNS Radio) again occupied our new position in the press box on the balcony. It is proving to be a big positive in terms of attracting ‘passing trade’ visitors. Dave Cleaton put in an appearance as well as birthday boy Connell ‘bullet header’ Rawlinson, who wasn’t playing that evening.
The name, by the way, comes from the pre-season friendly we played at Middlesbrough. Up from the back for a corner, Connell scored. He said to me later, in reference to social media output, ‘I hope you put down it was a bullet header’. Well, I’ve called it him a few times now and it has sort of stuck.
It’s always nice to welcome new faces to Park Hall and we had Scott Morton and Stacey Jones with us on air. They enjoyed themselves and have expressed a desire to return in the near future. In fact, if anyone is reading this and you fancy getting along to a game, let me know. It will be great to see you.
Ian Brazier also joined us on the show, bringing with him three work colleagues. As well as being the father of Tallie and Cadie, who both play in TNS girls teams, Ian is involved with TNS Ladies via his company, Midac.
The TNS Radio cake again proved popular! The chocolate cake was quickly devoured as was the lemon drizzle that made its way to Bala on the weekend. We had a nice surprise in Merionethshire when the Tegid media officer, Hannah Gwenllian Jones, brought us a couple of slices of rocky road!
Sam Thomas and I were joined on air by Darren Lamble, who is a Bala Town fan. We had a great show and I felt we got the right balance between commentary, chat and banter. And talking of the latter, we had plenty of that via Twitter with Nadine Belle. She’s very funny!
This is turning into a regular thing of late and we’d like more people to get involved. Don’t forget to tweet us during games on the TNS account using the hashtag #TNSRadio. With fixtures coming thick and fast at the moment, we’d love to hear from you.
In between Carmarthen and Bala we recorded and released the third TNS Radio Football Show. Our ‘studio’ guest this time was Matty Williams, which presented us with the opportunity to give the Videoton goal commentary another airing! You can listen via the ‘Podcasts’ link on the club website.
Finally, and talking of podcasts, it was a great honour and privilege to be the guest on the Dafabet Welsh Premier League show this week. Marc Webber even turned it into a programme littered with faith-based comments down to the title ‘Football is a religion’.