The New Saints Of Oswestry Town v Bangor City – Match Preview

All games between now and the end of the season are important, however this coming Friday’s (February 9 2018) fixture with Bangor City is a crucial one. With the sides occupying first and second spots in the JD Welsh Premier League (JD WPL) and divided by twelve points, the fixture carries much value for both teams.

With just two points separating the Citizens, Nomads and Lakesiders – and four if you want to throw the Archers into the mix – the battle for Europe is still very much game on.

Although TNS have a healthy lead and will want to extend that, with tough games on the horizon – including Friday’s tie – there is still very much all to play for.

The sides have met twice this season in the JD WPL, with Bangor coming out on top in the opening round of fixtures. A 5-2 victory at home gave them the perfect start to the 2017/2018 season, with TNS’ goals coming from Rawlinson and Mullan.

A thriller at Park Hall on MatchDay 22, the final game before the split, saw late goals from Edwards and Hudson record a 2-1 victory for the reigning champions.

The New Saints go into Friday’s game unbeaten in all competitions in 2018, while Bangor’s four games this year, all in the league, have been split down the middle with two wins and two defeats.

Following a couple of away games where the side has turned out in all blue, this week The New Saints will be in a more familiar green and white hoops/white/white kit, while the goalkeeper will be in red.

The referee is Nick Pratt, the assistants Harry Hendricks and Ashley Davies and Tom Williams the fourth official.

Admission to Park Hall is £8 /£4 /£1 and you can pay on the turnstile.

If you’re not at the game you can follow the action via our Twitter account (@tnsfc) or TNS Radio, where we will be bringing you commentary. The link is here on the home page of our website and we will be on air ahead of the 7.45 p.m. kick-off.

Lead photograph: Action from the recent 2-1 victory at Park Hall. Credit: Brian Jones.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stewart Bloor

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