Two changes to the starting line-up from the victory at Bala Town. Pryce and Fletcher in for Marriott and Mullan. pic.twitter.com/ShuG0w76lU
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Prestatyn Town 1 The New Saints of Oswestry Town 4
Goals: Fletcher (8), Routledge (47), Darlington (61), Edwards (73)
Substitutions: Darlington for Fletcher (46), Clark for Routledge (71), Farleigh for Draper (78)
Yellow cards: Brobbel (19), Rawlinson (29)
The visit to the north Wales coast proved to be a profitable one in the end for the reigning JD Welsh Premier League champions. However, it was the home side who took the game to The New Saints in the early stages.
The Seasiders won three corners in the first four minutes, with Jack Kenny looking lively as he tested the TNS defence.
Weathering the storm, in the 8th minute the deadlock was broken by Wes Fletcher. A close-range effort gave The New Saints an early lead.
Not allowing their heads to drop though, just seven minutes later Kenny looked certain to pull the Seasiders back into the game. Looking to round Paul Harrison, TNS’ Captain Fantastic once more came to rescue, as he denied the striker.
With the first half 23 minutes old, the two went head-to-head again, as Kenny raced on to a through ball. With just the keeper in front of him, Harrison got to the ball just ahead of the number nine, with the clearance rebounding off him and falling kindly for TNS.
With just the one goal separating the sides, Prestatyn were always in the game. Just two minutes into the second period though, a well-placed shot from outside the box saw Jon Routledge double the visitors’ lead.
Continuing to take the game to the home side, excellent work from Ryan Brobbel found Tom Holland. The ball played in resulted in a corner that was met by Connell Rawlinson only for his tame header to go straight into the arms of Carl Jones.
Looking to score his 100th goal of his JD WPL career, Greg Draper had opportunities during the game but on this occasion was unable to hit the landmark century.
With two-thirds of the match gone though, the Seasiders’ defence was breached for the third time. Substitute Alex Darlington turned in the box to give Jones no chance, as he shot hit the back of the net.
The three-goal cushion became four with seventeen minutes to go as Brobbel played a ball in from the right. Waiting at the far post was Aeron Edwards who headed past Jones, as The New Saints wrapped up their goal contribution for the evening.
There was still more to come though as substitute, Oliver Buckley hit a twenty-yard screamer on his debut that even Harrison at full stretch was unable to do anything about.
An impressive consolation goal for Prestatyn Town but the night belonged to The New Saints. With Bangor City leapfrogging Connah’s Quay Nomads into second place, courtesy of their win against Newtown AFC, it means that Scott Ruscoe sees his side sitting comfortably at the top with an eleven-point lead.
Photographs courtesy of Prestatyn Town – John Pickles
|January 8, 2018||2:40 pm||Welsh Premier League||2017 - 2018|
|2 Bastion Gardens, Prestatyn LL19, UK|
|Prestatyn Town F.C.||1|
|The New Saints FC||4|