The New Saints vs Carmarthen Town

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This afternoon, as Park Hall basked in early spring sunshine, the reigning Dafabet Welsh Premier League champions returned to winning ways, courtesy of a 2-0 victory against Carmarthen Town.

Match Report

Team: Harrison (c), Spender, Routledge, Seargeant, Brobbel, Draper, Mullan, Saunders, Rawlinson, Cieslewicz, Jones (J)

Substitutions: Fletcher for Brobbel, Quigley for Mullan, Darlington for Draper

 

Goalmouth action from today’s game

Match report

This afternoon, as Park Hall basked in early spring sunshine, the reigning Dafabet Welsh Premier League champions returned to winning ways, courtesy of a 2-0 victory against Carmarthen Town.

As early as the opening minute, TNS threatened the visitors’ goal, as Cieslewicz closed in from the left. Just afterwards though, with two minutes on the clock, Brobbel made it 1-0 as again from the left, and with a tight angle, he slotted past Idzi.

An uncharacteristic giving away of the ball on thirteen minutes almost proved unlucky for TNS, but Griffiths shot straight at Harrison, as TNS defended the car park end in the first half.

Seven minutes later, Carmarthen had a stroke of luck of their own, as without exception, everyone in the ground was left wondering how the lead hadn’t doubled. A Cieslewicz chip hit the bar, Spender in from the rebound and finally cleared off the line.

Scorer of TNS’ second goal, Adrian Cieslewicz

 

TNS made no mistake though in the 32nd minute, as Mullan racing through, with the option of Spender to his right or Cieslewicz in front, went for the latter who stroked it past Idzi and into the net. 2-0

The Old Gold – decked out in all red today – almost got back into the game just afterwards, as a corner was cleared off the line by Brobbel, and then tipped over by Harrison.

Just before the break, after Seargeant rattled the bar, the ball fell to Draper who, with the goal gaping before him, missed the target. Fortunately for the reigning Dafabet Welsh Premier League champions it didn’t matter in the end.

In the second period both sides created chances but there were no more goals. A free-kick from Seargeant, off Rawlinson and into the arms of Idzi was followed by another kick from TNS’ number seven, which was tipped away by the Carmarthen shot-stopper.

Goalscorer from Tuesday, James Jones, in action today

With the game two-thirds through, a flick-on from Bailey found Carroll who put the ball just wide. Moments later a left-footed shot from Fletcher went over as The New Saints pushed for a third goal.

Great work by substitute Scott Quigley ended with his shot going wide of Idzi’s left post. As the clock ticked down,  a Fletcher shot was pushed away by the keeper, followed by a header from Saunders that went over.

With three league games to go, TNS require six goals to reach 100 for the season. Will it be done? Well, we shall find out in due course. In the meantime though, it’s JD Welsh Cup action next week as we travel to Bangor City’s ground to play gap Connah’s Quay in the semi-final.

Photos: Brian Jones

 

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Details

Date Time Competition Season
March 25, 2017 2:30 pm Welsh Premier League 2016 - 2017

Ground

Park Hall Stadium
The Venue, Burma Rd, Whittington, Oswestry SY11 4AS, UK

Results

ClubGoals
TNSFC2
Carmarthen Town0

TNSFC

1Paul Harrison Goalkeeper
2Simon Spender Defender
6Jon Routledge Midfielder
7Christian Seargeant Midfielder
8Ryan Brobbel Midfielder
24Jacob Farleigh Midfielder
30Andy Wycherley Goalkeeper