With the Welsh Premier League season on the horizon, TNS’ preparations continued last week with a trio of friendlies against top opposition.
The first two – against English Premier League sides – were behind-closed-doors. Consequently, as a result of newly-introduced rules from the FAW, although we can bring general coverage, we are unable to mention goalscorers or the result.
The first match, on Wednesday, against Leicester City U23s was a good open game and TNS came through with heads held high. It was more of the same two days later, at The Academy ground, Kirkby, against another strong side, this time the Liverpool U23s (Photo above, courtesy of Brian Jones).
Following the game against the Reds we interviewed manager, Scott Ruscoe, and you can watch that below. You can also view the Facebook album of photographs from the game HERE
The final friendly of the week was against English Championship side, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and due to it being a pay-on-the-gate affair, we were able to cover that and we tweeted updates live from Park Hall.
A side managed by ex-professional player, Scott Sellars, proved too strong for TNS in the end, running out 5-1 winners. The deadlock was broken in the 27th minute of an open, flowing game when a well-taken goal from outside the box beat Wycherley.
Four minutes before the break and Wolves made it 2-0. Following good work down the right, a low ball was put away at close-range. It was more of the same for the visitors at the 2/3 stage of the game, as a ball played in at pace from the right extended the Wolves’ lead.
TNS pull one back as substitute, Greg Draper, gets on the end of a cross from the left.
1-3 on 62 minutes.
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) August 5, 2017
Draper scored for The New Saints in the 62nd minute. Pulling the scoreline back to 3-1, it gave the Welsh champions hope. Unfortunately, that was dashed four minutes later when the men from Molineux made it 4-1, adding a fifth with 16 minutes to go.
With three games in four days though, looking at the big picture, it was certainly a positive final set of games prior to the big one this Friday at Bangor City.
TNS starting line-ups:
v Leicester City: Harrison, Spender, Hudson, Rawlinson, Pryce, Brobbel, Edwards, Holland, Seargeant, Cieslewicz, Draper.
v Liverpool: Harrison, Spender, Saunders, Rawlinson, Pryce, Mullan, Edwards, Darlington, Routledge, Brobbel, Quigley.
v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Wycherley, Trialist, Trialist, Seargeant, Fletcher, Parry, Hudson, Holland, Clark, Cieslewicz, Trialist.