The New Saints of Oswestry Town advanced into the JD FAW Welsh Cup Final after a five nil victory against gap Connah’s Quay on Saturday and manager Craig Harrison was delighted with how the players responded having lost the previous two matches.
The former Middlesbrough player said, ‘Since I have been manager, we have not lost two games in a row and that is going back nearly five years so it was a little bit of a test. However, we set ourselves such high standards by winning a treble last season that there is not much room for mistakes.’
Harrison also mentioned the squad depth that he has at his disposal and said, ‘I have a lot of options and it is always hard to pick. It is the hardest part of the job. You only have to look at the bench on Saturday which consisted of Mullock, Baker, Wilde, Cieslewicz and Draper and all of those players would get in any team in the league.’
Looking ahead to the Bala match on Saturday, the TNS manager added, ’It is a big game and it is why we are in football. It’s a great opportunity for us and if somebody would have said to me that with three games left you’ve got a home game to win the league, be in the Welsh Cup Final and that we’d win the League Cup, I would have bitten your arm off.’
The Saints will take on Bala Town at Park Hall in the Dafabet Welsh Premier League on Saturday, with the match set to kick off at 17:15pm.