Following an enforced break due to the adverse weather conditions, it’s back to business this Friday for The New Saints of Oswestry Town.
The visit of Connah’s Quay Nomads to Park Hall is a top v second game, as Andy Morrison’s side got their noses in front of the chasing pack following the comprehensive victory last weekend against Aberystwyth Town.
The New Saints continue to lead the way though and with a four-point gap and a game in hand over the Nomads, victory would put TNS in a comfortable position, as Scott Ruscoe hits the halfway stage in his first season as manager in the JD Welsh Premier League.
Of course, that’s just taking Connah’s Quay into account as Bangor City and Cardiff Met FC are still in there, as the title race continues to be very open. In fact the aforementioned three teams are currently separated by just one point.
Last season’s top two in the JD WPL have met twice already this season, with the first encounter ending all-square at the Deeside as points were shared in the league game. A Draper double saw TNS take the lead twice before the home side pulled back level on both occasions.
The game, in October, saw the league table just as tight as it is now with Bangor City then leading the way with the top four (still the same teams as now) divided by just two points.
The second head-to-head between the sides was again at Connah’s Quay but a month later, this time though in the Nathaniel MG Cup semi-final. Another close encounter, it was a Brobbel wonder-strike in the 34th minute that proved to be the deciding factor.
Back to Friday and the admission charges are the usual £8 / £4 / £1 with the kick-off at 7.45 pm. As always, if you’re not able to make the game then you can listen to TNS Radio. The link is here on our website home page and you can join us ahead of the start.
While on air, if you want a shout-out then tweet us (@tnsfc) using the hashtag #TNSRadio or send us a text message at 07815 432 371.
Lead photograph: Draper congratulated by his team mates after scoring in the 2-2 JD WPL game at Deeside in October. Credit: Brian Jones.