I wouldn’t quite put myself in the ground-hopper category, nevertheless I always look forward to visiting somewhere for the first time. Last week it was Cae-y-Castell that became the latest tick on my list. The home of Fflint Town, the landlords were absent on the night, as it became the temporary residence of Bala Town.
With Maes Tegid joining the artificial playing surface revolution, and the pitch not quite ready, the Lakesiders became the Deesiders for the night. That’s one of the things that I enjoy about Welsh football – so many grounds have amazing settings.
When I used to visit Molineux, prior to getting involved with TNS, we had a ring road on one side and a supermarket the other. By comparison, Fflint Town has a castle and panoramic views across the estuary, looking out to the Wirral on the horizon.
Of course though, it was all about the football, and we continued our 100% record with a 2-0 victory. I keep notes while on TNS Radio and I made it 29 fouls on the night, with Bala winning that statistic 16-13. If you listen to the post-match chat with Craig Harrison, I bring that into the interview.
I did a similar thing a number of weeks back and afterwards Craig asked me how I knew. I told him about the notes and he asked if I could send them to him after each game. I know he wants them, because if I haven’t sent them on the day he contacts me.
Not that I’m complaining, far from it, and quite the opposite. Although I can’t exactly add statistician to the list of responsibilities I have at Park Hall, I’m always thrilled to be able to contribute to the big picture, no matter how small it may be.
— Paolo Fabrizio (@paolothebaker) September 20, 2016
The perfect start to the campaign continued on Sunday, although a much closer affair this time, with just the one goal separating the sides. Ultimately though, it’s all about the three points.
It was great to have Tom Matthews back with us again on TNS Radio. On loan at Airbus, he had played the day before, unfortunately though he also picked up a nasty injury in the process. He will be out for a number of weeks, so we wish him well on the road to recovery.
I guess though every cloud has a silver lining, and from our perspective it means we’ll be seeing more of him on TNS Radio. We had a number of guests on again, including Owen, a local lad who was at Park Hall via TNS Foundation.
He thoroughly enjoyed himself, and after the game we took him with us for the post-match interviews and then he got players’ autographs and photos. Our lads are brilliant with the fans and it’s great to see them all so obliging and cooperative. If you ever visit Park Hall and have children, letvme know in advance and we’ll make sure that their day is special.
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