Welcome to The Rock for tonight's #JDWPL game.
Just one change from Saturday's victory against Carmarthen Town, as Blaine Hudson replaces Aeron Edwards. pic.twitter.com/QhBeeSBIr7
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) November 28, 2017
Draper Sees Double As TNS Go Five Points Clear
The last time that The New Saints of Oswestry Town visted The Rock, history was made. The victory, in the final game of 2016, saw Ajax’s long-standing world record of twenty six consecutive wins eclipsed, as TNS went one better.
This time round, not quite as dramatic and enthralling but nevertheless, after such a tight season so far in the JD Welsh Premier League, the 3-1 victory gives Scott Ruscoe’s side a five-point gap at the top of the table.
The hosts started the brightest though and as early as the second minute went close. Although the home side dominated the early stages in both opportunity and possession, The New Saints began to pull themselves back into the game, forcing Michael Jones into a good save as the game approached the quarter of an hour mark.
The flow of the game became more weighted in the visitors’ favour as good work between Mullan and Spender was cleared by the Druids. The energetic right back was then again involved in the build-up, this time with Routledge as Jones once again denied TNS.
With almost a third of the game gone, a couple of long-range efforts from the boys in blue saw Jones’s goal remain unbreached,
With thirty five minutes on the clock, a good ball from Hudson – the only change from last Saturday’s starting line-up – found Fletcher but his shot was straight at Jones.
Less than sixty seconds later, it was the number 10 going for goal again, this time supplied by Mullan his effort was blocked by black and white shirts ahead of him.
When the deadlock was finally broken though, it was the home side who were celebrating. A good save from Paul Harrison saw Piskorski first to the rebound, as he put The Ancients in the driving seat in the 39th minute.
Looking to bounce back before the break, three minutes later a header from Draper was saved and then cleared, but within seconds TNS were on level terms. The lively New Zealand international got a touch from close range and the ball ended in the back of the net.
Looking to add to his tally almost immediately, a low cross from the right, courtesy of Mullan, saw Draper denied again by Jones.
As the three added minutes of the first half were played out it was Huw Griffiths’ side who almost restored their lead. A great shot, destined for the back of the back of the net, was tipped over in spectacular fashion by Captain Fantastic, Paul Harrison.
Within seven minutes of the restart, the reigning JD Welsh Premier League champions got their noses ahead for the first time in the game as Brobbel found Mullan. Usually the provider, this time the in-form winger added his name to the score sheet.
Derwyddon Cefn 1-3 Y Seintiau Newydd
Mullan yn sgorio wrth i'r Seintiau ymerstyn y bwlch ar y brig i 5 pwynt |
Jamie Mullan scores as @tnsfc go 5 points clear at the top of @WPL_Official. pic.twitter.com/TnJVtWBoWp
— sgorio (@sgorio) November 28, 2017
Enjoying a purple patch, Jamie Mullan was this week included in the Sgorio five of the week. A truly deserved accolade.
Within a minute of the goal, action in the Druids’ box included Routledge’s shot being saved by Jones and then penalty appeals from the visitors being tuned down by Rob Jenkins.
It was another crowded penalty area in the 61st minute that hosted activity, this time Draper added his *second and TNS’ third, as he scored from close-range again to give his side a comfortable cushion.
*Note that since the original award of the goal to Draper, it has now been credited as a Matthew Eckersley own goal.
With nine minutes to go, Mullan’s ball into the box was met by Brobbel who saw his effort eventually hit the post as Jones closed him down.
The top of the JD WPL table remains tight, with just two points separating Cardiff Met, Bangor City and Connah’s Quay in second, third and fourth spots respectively.
Creating daylight between themselves and the pack for the first time this season, there’s a break in league action this coming weekend as JD Welsh Cup action comes to Park Hall.
The visitors in the Friday (December 1 2017) kick-off are Huws Gray Cymru Alliance side, Penrhyncoch. The kick-off is 7.45 pm and admission is £8 / £4 / £1. For those who want to follow the game but are unable to attend, as always TNS Radio will be bringing you commentary. The link is on the home page of our website.
Cefn Druids 1 The New Saints of Oswestry Town 3
Goals: Draper (42), Mullan (52), Eckersley og (61)
Substitution: Darlington for Fletcher (68)
|November 28, 2017||7:45 pm||Welsh Premier League||2017 - 2018|
|17 Cae-Coch Ln, Cefn-mawr, Wrexham LL14 3DL, UK|