Rev's Ramblings – Mazza The New Rev

Flintshire hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for The New Saints this season, with the defeat in Broughton last weekend being the third loss on the road. By TNS’ high standards anything other than a win is a disappointment, but the way I see it personally is that although we may lose the odd battle here and there, the most important thing is that the war has been won.

Welcome to Airbus
Welcome to Airbus

We had a special guest on TNS Radio for the first half an hour of broadcasting – Chris Marriott. Out injured at the moment, I was chatting with him at Park Hall in the week and he said he would come on air with us. Making his broadcasting debut, he joined us from the start.

Following on from Simon Spender sitting in for the first fifteen minutes of the recent JD Welsh Cup game that we covered between Airbus and Port Talbot, it’s been great to do the full-back double as far as TNS Radio is concerned. Both top quality players on the pitch, they also fared pretty well in front of a mic as well.

We had Chairman Mike Harris, not only listening in but tweeting us as well, and as you can see from one of the embedded tweets, that’s where this week’s heading comes from. Mazza The New Rev.

By coincidence, this week’s TNS Radio cake was chocolate cake as requested by Mazza. If you listen to the weekly podcasts then you’ll know that the chat I had with our number three and Mike Wilde on the balcony at Park Hall recently resulted in submitted requests for cake.

Mazza, the new Rev?
Mazza, the new Rev?

Last week’s it was Wildey’s Victoria sponge raspberry and this time round, as you can see from the photo, it was chocolate on the menu. The cakes by the way are baked by my wife, Debby. She is amazed as much as I am at the popularity of her creations. They’re on the way to legendary status.

It was also the cake-maker who got the Word Plant on TNS Radio, as nominated by Dave Cleaton. If you listen you’ll already know what that’s about, but why not give it a go yourself? We plant a word into the show and you have to guess what it is. We have some fun with it.

After the Flintshire foray, a day later it was a brief excursion into the Black Country conurbation, as I drove to Wednesfield to see TNS Ladies in action. It proved to be both short and sweet as the 6-0 victory ensured the title and promotion for the team.

The Braziers including the family pet
The Braziers including the family pet

Taking my iPad, I chatted with a number of people for a future TNS weekly podcast – two weeks time to be precise. It’s a departure from our usual format in that it kicks off with fans (Ian, Tallie and Cady Brazier) just as the game is underway.

Then we get Joe Thompson (manager) at half-time followed by Pete Wilson (head of ladies football) as the game draws to a conclusion. They think it’s all over? Well as soon as the referee blew for the final time it was Joe again being interviewed on the pitch.

On the pitch with hat-trick hero, Emily Ridge
On the pitch with hat-trick hero, Emily Ridge

Finally, with celebrations in full swing it was the turn of hat-trick hero, Emily Ridge, to face the iPad. With three games still to go there’s a very good chance that she can hit 50 goals for the season. It doesn’t matter who you are, what team you play for or what league you’re in, that’s an incredible achievement.

The banner says it all
The banner says it all

This coming Saturday (April 23) is the final league game as TNS travel to Llandudno. We will be on air from 5.00 pm, if you’re not at the game why not listen to TNS Radio? The link is on the club website.

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