The New Saints FC v Llandudno FC – Match Preview

It’s MD6 this week and the reigning JD WPL champions welcome the current leaders to Park Hall, in a 3rd v 1st encounter.

Another Friday game for TNS (September 22 2017) with a 7.45 pm kick-off, the visitors remain the only unbeaten team in a league that sees the top five separated by just four points.

Following an opening day defeat on the road at Bangor City, Scott Ruscoe’s side has since recovered and is now back on track. Ten points from four games, with eight goals scored and none conceded, has taken TNS to the right end of the table.

The Seasiders’ dropped points came in their home encounter against Prestatyn Town, which was a first for the WPL, as the game was shown live on Sgorio’s Facebook page. Their most impressive result to date is without doubt the 1-0 victory at Maesdu Park against Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Reflecting on the upcoming game, TNS’ star defender Connell Rawlinson acknowledges the threat that Llandudno will pose: “They’ve had a good start, have points on the board and they’ve kept clean sheets. It’s going to be another tough one.”

But we should be winning games at our place, we’ve got a good home record. We score goals and we keep clean sheets, so we’ll be looking to go into the game and get all three points.” he concluded.

Last time round, Llandudno failed to emulate their debut season in the top flight and they just missed out on a top-six spot by two points. This meant that the corresponding fixture in 2016/2017 took place just once, on October 15 2016.

Lightning certainly did strike twice as well, as following on from TNS’ 5-0 victory on MD2 in north Wales, an identical score was registered at Park Hall, two months later.

Alex Darlington broke the deadlock on 28 minutes, followed by a Robbie Parry goal seven minutes later to send the home side into the break 2-0 to the good. Three goals in the final third – a second for Darlington and a brace for Brobbel – secured the points as The New Saints continued a winning streak that would eventually see them eclipse the great Ajax side from the early seventies.

Johan Cruyff’s Dutch giants put together an incredible 26-game winning streak, which was finally surpassed as TNS went one better. A plaque from the JD WPL and a certificate from Guinness World Records are proudly displayed on a wall at The Venue as testament to the fantastic achievement.

Admission to the game on Friday is £8 / £4 / £1 and you can pay on the turnstile. If you’re not at the game, don’t miss out as you can listen via TNS Radio. The link is here on our website home page, or can be accessed via ‘News’.

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