It’s all about the football this week in Rev’s Ramblings. Well, it is every Monday of course, but this time round I’m catching up with the games over the last seven days or so. With matches coming fast and furious at this stage of the season, that’s three to report on.
First up, and it was a perfect ten as Rhyl were put to the sword, courtesy of an incredibly polished performance by The Saints. I felt sorry for the Lilywhites, but with back-to-back wins since, it shows what a funny old game football is sometimes.
I chatted briefly with Rob Hughes at Park Hall following the 10-0, and a double-whammy for him personally was that he came on as a sub and then went off injured. Yet a week later he scored the winner against Cardiff Met. It just shows, no matter how dark the clouds are, the sun is always ready to break through.
Following the Rhyl game, I went to the Black Country derby between Gornal Athletic and Dudley Town. Not sure who it was for but there was a one-minute silence before the game. As soon as it ended, I became aware of someone shouting across in my direction.
I didn’t really pay much attention, as I was there as an anonymous fan and didn’t know anyone. I thought he was shouting to another person. It was only later that it struck me what he had said ‘Is that for the Rhyl manager? Has he died?’. Very funny, very witty and a classic example of Black Country humour.
Following the Lilywhites game, we headed down south, which in Welsh Premier football terms means Cardiff. My first visit to Cardiff Metropolitan University FC, to give them their full title. A friendly welcome awaited us and we were made to feel very comfortable.
Unfortunately though, the internet connection wasn’t as hospitable and we couldn’t get on air with TNS Radio. This was a great shame, as we had Cortez Belle as our special guest. However, every cloud has a silver lining, and the number of people saying they were disappointed that they couldn’t tune in was encouraging.
I still made myself useful though and recorded interviews for the current podcast with Jacob Farleigh, Simon Spender, Chris Seargeant, Greg Draper, Paul Harrison, Craig Harrison and the first club interview with our new signing, Wes Fletcher. You can listen to that via the club website, episode 53.
Finally, as far as the games are concerned, we winged our way to Flintshire on Sunday as we took on Airbus UK Broughton. The third win in a week and TNS is indeed flying high. It was great to meet young Zevon and his dad at the game. I spotted him with his programme in hand and marker pen at the ready, so I knew what he was up to.
He ended up with the squad autographs, and we also took a couple of photographs, with Tom Matthews and Scott Quigley doing the honours. This sort of engagement is something that I particularly enjoy. Mind, I love the whole lot really so they’re all of equal value, just different.
It was great to see Kai Edwards’ dad again at the game, and to meet his mom for the first time. We we chatting about Kai when John’s phone went and he said that’s probably Kai, and it was. I took the phone and the conversation went something like ‘Hello’, ‘Hello’, ‘Who’s that?’ ‘Have a guess?’.
Well, full credit to Kai. He rings his dad, the phone is answered by someone else, it must have thrown him. However, within seconds he twigged, ‘Hello, Rev.’ I was impressed with his quick thinking. On and off the field, as sharp as a razor blade fresh out the packet.
Finally, well done to the TNS Radio cake-maker, Debby Bloor, who guessed a recent Word Plant when she went for ‘Pokemon’, which was Jamie Mullan’s contribution. Also, still on TNS Radio, shout-outs to Elliot Soriente, Tallie Brazier, Nadine Belle and Caroline Glynn, who all went for Cardiff Met 1 TNS 2.
Poor Mr. Belle, beaten not only by his other half but also his sister. His predicting skills are legendary, if only for the fact that they constantly fail. I notice a new tactic though this week, following his 1-4 for TNS at Airbus he was trying to claim credit for being close. More than close though was Dave Cleaton, who got the score spot-on.
Sorry, Cortez, we’re not having that. Fancy having a go at predicting the correct score? I do post an message in the week with the Cortez declaration, but feel free to go ahead anyway and send me yours in advance. Plus, if you’re listening to TNS Radio you can have a crack at The Word Plant game.
We will be back on air this coming Sunday (September 11) as we host Bangor City. See you at Park Hall, if not we look forward to your company on TNS Radio. Kick off is 3.00 pm and now that Sam Thomas is back from his holiday, I can guarantee that we will have no more technical issues. Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org