The New Saints Of Oswestry Town v Barry Town United – Match Preview

The reigning JD Welsh Premier League champions are back in action this Saturday (November 4 2017) as Barry Town United visit Park Hall.

Back in the early days of the League of Wales – as the top flight of Welsh football was known prior to 2002 – the south Walians were the dominant force in the domestic game.

From 1995 through to 2003 they won the league title on seven occasions and in 1996 they became the first Welsh side to progress past the first hurdle in European competition.

As the new millennium dawned – in 2000/2001 – they achieved a first, something that TNS has done several times since – they won a Champions League game.

Then, and it’s been well-documented of course, the club went through a dark period. It’s been great though to see not only the corner turned, but also the icing on the cake as far as the present is concerned, as the club has now taken its place once more at the top table of Welsh football.

The season so far has been mixed for the Linnets, with some good performances and close encounters with teams at the opposite end of the table, including narrow 1-0 home defeats to Connah’s Quay Nomads and TNS.

With eleven points from as many games they sit two points off the relegation trapdoor and two wins from sixth place. Having conceded eleven goals in the league, that statistic compares favourably with TNS’ renowned defence, who have been beaten on ten occasions.

With just eight goals though – compared to the twenty eight times that The New Saints have found the net – they are currently the lowest scoring side in the JD WPL.

Regardless of statistics however, Scott Ruscoe is not taking the challenge lightly: “They’re going along nicely, they’re well-organised and they’ll be well-drilled.”

Echoing his manager’s sentiments, midfielder Jon Routledge added: “It will be another tough game but they’re all tough games in their own way. We’ve got to keep going as well as we can, training as hard as we can and keep picking up the wins.”

The game kicks off at 2.30 pm and admission is £8/£4/£1 and you can pay on the turnstile. If you’re not at Park Hall you can follow the game via TNS Radio and the link is here on the home page of our website. Contact us during the match via Twitter by using the hashtag #TNSRadio or text us at 07815 432 371 and we’ll give you a shout-out live on air.

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