Those at Park Hall on Friday evening witnessed Welsh footballing history in the making, as The New Saints eclipsed Bangor City’s consecutive wins record.
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) November 25, 2016
We now hold the Welsh record of 16 consecutive victories in one season. Check out the match report below:
The New Saints 4
Routledge 12, 30, Edwards 16, Quigley 33
Airbus UK Broughton 0
TNS: Harrison, Spender, Baker, Routledge, Brobbel, Draper, Rawlinson (Jones), Darlington, Quigley (Marriott), A Edwards (Seargeant), Pryce.
Not Used: Fletcher, Wycherley, Hughes-Jones, Vale
Airbus: Nield, Hewitt, Spittle, Hulley, Jackson, Williams, R Edwards (Doherty), Murphy, Fraughan (O’Neill), R J Edwards, Menagh.
Not Used: Monteiro, Doran.
RECORD-BREAKING New Saints recorded a 16th straight league win against Airbus to cement a best ever start to a Welsh Premier League season, overcoming Bangor’s 15 wins in 2010.
Man-of-the-match Jon Routledge struck twice either side of an Aeron Edwards header while Scott Quigley added Saints fourth, all before the break.
Bottom placed Airbus were able to stop the rot in the second period as they prevented TNS from adding to their tally, but they couldn’t get back into the game as the league leaders continued their stranglehold on the season.
Scott Quigley and Greg Draper both went close with early efforts as The New Saints looked to take control from the off.
And the early pressure paid dividends when Routledge strolled onto a loose ball to fire TNS in from from the edge of the Airbus penalty area on 12 minutes.
Edwards then headed in a 16th minute second to double Saints’ lead as he climbed highest at a Routledge corner.
Routledge struck with his second of the evening to put TNS firmly in the driving seat on the half hour with a venomous 25-yard volley which Wingmakers goalkeeper Ryan Nield could only get a hand to on its way into the net.
A fourth goal soon followed on 33 minutes as the rout continued, Quigley this time converting at the far post as he profited from Simon Spender’s low cross.
Ryan Pryce stung the palms of Nield with a low drive just after the hour as TNS remained dominant after the break.
They threatened again through substitute Chris Seargeant before Jamie Menagh got a shot away at the other end as Airbus managed to free themselves from Saints shackles.
And Alex Darlington forced Nield into action as TNS regained control despite failing to add to the scoreline before the final whistle.