Following three consecutive Friday away games, it’s a Saturday trip on the road this weekend (September 30), as we see the month out with a visit to Richmond Park.
The home of Carmarthenshire’s sole representation in the top flight of Welsh football, the journey is the longest one as far as domestic travel is concerned for The New Saints.
The Old Gold find themselves at the wrong end of the table, and they’ll be hoping to get their season kick-started sooner rather than later.
Finishing in the top-six come last season’s break meant that there were two corresponding fixtures in 2016/2017. The first saw a 4-2 victory for the champions as a Lee Surman own goal was added to in the second period by Seargeant, Parry and Draper.
The three goals in a quarter of an hour ensured TNS had a happy journey home, with a 4-2 victory and three points on the board.
The second fixture though, three days before St. Valentine’s Day, was anything but a love-feast for The New Saints. Although dominating the game, the monopoly of play failed to produce a goal, as Carmarthen played their get-out-of-jail-free card, courtesy of a very late first half effort from Liam Thomas.
Manager, Scott Ruscoe, is taking nothing for granted this time round, even though ten points separate the sides after just six games. “It’s always a tough game against Carmarthen. We’ve had some big wins against them but they’ve also beaten us a few times as well.”
“They (our players) will know what’s expected of them. This week we’ll be looking at how we’re going to face them (Carmarthen).” he added.
Although they have lost five from six JD WPL games so far this season, a reminder of what they are capable of, as Ruscoe went on to refer to in the interview, is that their three points came courtesy of a 4-0 win on the road at Bala Town.
If you’re not making the journey across country (kick-off is 2.30 pm) then you can still follow the game via our Twitter updates (@tnsfc) or by listening to TNS Radio.
The link for the latter is here on our website and you can interact with us on air via text message (07815 432 371). As always, we look forward to your company.