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A goal from New Zealand international, Greg Draper, was all that separated the sides at the final whistle, as The New Saints of Oswestry Town went back to the top of the table.
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In a game that saw both sides create chances, it was ultimately the 30th minute goal from Draper that proved to be the winner.
In the early exchanges, Hart went wide for the home side on six minutes, as his shot was seen out by Harrison. Draper’s effort a couple of minutes later was straight at Roberts in the Llandudno goal, while the in-form striker was then involved again, from just inside the box as the game remained goalless.
On a chilly north Wales evening, the hearts of the Welsh champions were warmed though at the one-third stage as Draper broke the deadlock. Good work from Marriott down the left found Brobbel, who set himself up nicely for a low drive from outside the box.
Hitting the post to Roberts’ right, the ball fell nicely for the lurking Draper who took his tally for the season so far in the JD WPL to eight. Along with Barry Town United’s Mclaggan and the Cardiff Met duo of Evans and Roscrow, Drapes is at the top of the pile with goals scored so far.
As the half drew to a close, Ryan Leak the on-loan defender from Wolverhampton Wanderers looked to get his name on the score sheet. Surging forward on a powerful run, his eventual strike went behind for a goal kick.
Continuing in the second half where they left off in the first period, the current JD WPL champions saw Edwards hit the woodwork and then go wide as Mullan saw his effort go over.
With just the one goal dividing the sides though, the Seasiders knew that they were still in the game. The target man, Marc Williams, was lively but up against a solid TNS defence, he was unable to bring any joy to the home supporters.
As the game wore on, a ball played to him on the break was dealt with by some solid work from the impressive Leak. The Wales U19 international has slotted well into the side since his arrival at Park Hall, as he and his fellow defenders enjoyed another clean sheet.
The high tempo of the game continued right through to the end, as substitute Darlington chased a through ball and a Williams header following a free-kick at the other end saw neither side get that second goal of the game.
The final whistle from Mark Petch heralded TNS’ return to the top of table as Connah’s Quay lost 2-0 at home to Bangor City. With Cardiff Met hosting Cefn Druids on Sunday afternoon (November 19) the Archers have the chance to leapfrog Scott Ruscoe’s side.
In the meantime, the JD WPL continues to be tight at the top, as just two points separate four sides. The early predictions that this could be one of the closest title-races in recent seasons is certainly still on track.
The New Saints return to action on Monday evening (November 20), as Deeside Stadium hosts the Nathaniel MG Cup semi-final between TNS and Connah’s Quay Nomads. We talk to both Scott Ruscoe and Greg Draper about that fixture in the post-match interviews that you can listen to below.
The game kicks off at 7.45 pm. If you are not at the match in person, don’t miss out though as TNS Radio will be bringing you commentary. Joining us for the game is Scotland international, Steve Saunders. The link is here on our website home page.
Goal: Draper (30)
Substitutions: Fletcher for Draper, Darlington for Seargeant
Photo courtesy of Llandudno FC
|November 17, 2017||7:45 pm||Welsh Premier League||2017 - 2018|
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