— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) September 22, 2017
Goal: Seargeant (9)
Substitutions: Roberts (Rawlinson) 59, Brobbel (Cieslewicz) 63, Darlington (Seargeant) 70.
The New Saints found themselves back in familiar territory, as the 1-0 victory at Park Hall saw the current JD WPL champions return to the head of the table. Inflicting the first defeat of the season on Llandudno FC meant that the Saints replaced the Seasiders at the top.
An error on the edge of the visitors’ box in the ninth minute was pounced on by TNS, as the low ball in from the right was met by Chris Seargeant. Making no mistake, he slotted past Roberts for what was to be the only goal of the game.
Three minutes later, as birthday-boy Connell Rawlinson fed Jon Routledge, the Llandudno keeper pulled off what was to be the first of several good saves, as he kept his side in with a shout.
Just past the halfway mark in the first period, it was Rawlinson again who tested Roberts, this time heading straight at the man in sky blue, from a Seargeant header.
With 26 minutes on the clock, crisp passing from the home side saw the midfield livewire, Tom Holland, shoot wide. Again, as the half drew to an end, the ex-Swansea City man couldn’t get his shot on target, as his hands to head reaction acknowledged his personal frustration.
With three minutes of added time, as Hudson found Fletcher, the striker almost doubled TNS’ advantage. It was Roberts to the rescue again though as the sides went into the break separated by the early Chris Seargeant goal.
Four minutes into the second period, good work from Cieslewicz found Seargeant, with Roberts once more denying TNS. It was the provider’s opportunity to have a go at goal himself two minutes later, as Fletcher released the Polish winger, only for his shot to go wide.
As the second half wore on, TNS’ possession continued to create opportunities, as Mullan failed to score from a tight angle and Routledge shot over the bar.
Ultimately though the one goal was all that was needed, as Scott Ruscoe’s side registered their fifth consecutive JD WPL clean sheet.
Following the game we caught up with the main man at Park Hall, as well as Ryan Leak who started his second game on the bounce. You can listen to both interviews below.
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|September 22, 2017||7:45 pm||Welsh Premier League||2017 - 2018|
|Park Hall Stadium|
|The Venue, Burma Rd, Whittington, Oswestry SY11 4AS, UK|