Brobbel and Roberts in as Holland and Rawlinson drop to the bench.
Birthday boy, Ben Clark, again in with the substitutes. pic.twitter.com/LH0Karmv7q
— The New Saints FC (@tnsfc) October 14, 2017
Goals: Seargeant (9, 35 ), Draper (21), Routledge (32), Darlington (47), Mullan (77)
Substitutions: Darlington for Draper (46), Parry for Hudson (57), Cieslewicz for Seargeant (69)
Card: Routledge (40) yellow
On a warm afternoon that betrayed its autumnal presence only by the leaf colour on the trees that fringe Park Hall Stadium, The New Saints of Oswestry Town turned up the heat as they hit Prestatyn Town for six.
The visitors brought an attacking mentality to the game – one that ultimately proved to be their downfall – as the reigning JD Welsh Premier League champions took all three points in a comfortable win.
With both sides looking to exploit each other, Draper fed Brobbel in the 9th minute only for his deflected shot to go behind for a corner. Seconds later though, Seargeant broke the deadlock, as from the edge of the box he gave the man in blue, Carl Jones, no chance as his shot hit the back of the net.
The New Saints continued to make chances as Jones pulled off a great save from Brobbel, followed by interaction between Hudson, Spender and Seargeant leading to the ex-Middlesbrough man’s shot winning a corner for TNS.
Brobbel was involved in the second goal as he did really well to keep the ball in play on the TNS left, which eventually led to Draper finding the net from inside the box, with 21 minutes on the clock.
Just past the one-third stage of the game a three-goal cushion materialised, as good play from Mullan found Routledge in the box, who slotted home.
With ten minutes to go before the break, if Prestatyn’s hopes of a comeback were previously extremely slim, they became a lost cause, as a mistake from Carl Jones eventually resulted in Seargeant scoring his second of the game and The New Saints’ fourth.
An incident involving Routledge and Jones in the 40th minute ended with both receiving yellow cards from referee, Kevin Parry.
Within two minutes of the second half kicking off, substitute Darlington on for Draper – who was thereby denied his fourth consecutive brace of goals – found the back of the net from close range, following good work down the right from Simon Spender.
It was then Seargeant’s turn to be denied – this time his hat-trick – as Jones saved from the TNS midfielder. Darlington’s chip minutes later hit the net – but unfortunately for the number twenty, it was the roof and not the inside.
Darlington turned provider for the sixth goal, just past the two-thirds stage of the game, finding Mullan who wrapped up the reigning champions’ goals contribution to the game.
There was still room for one more though, as the Seasiders pulled back a late consolation. Kenny picked up on a weak back pass from Leak to round Harrison and ensure a final score of 6-1.
The goal conceded – after wins of 3-0, 4-0 and 1-0 – was the first time that The New Saints’ defence has been breached in the JD Welsh Premier League this season.
With Bangor City losing at home to Cardiff Metropolitan University this afternoon, the three points take Scott Ruscoe’s side to the top of the table.
Chris Seargeant is also top of the JD WPL goals chart, with seven to his name so far this season.
The only dark cloud over an otherwise sunny – both metaphorically and literally – afternoon was the injury to Blaine Hudson in the second period. We asked Ruscoe about that in the post-match interview, that you can view below.
Lead photograph: Brian Jones. Check out the album from the game HERE
|October 14, 2017||2:30 pm||Welsh Premier League||2017 - 2018|
|Park Hall Stadium|
|The Venue, Burma Rd, Whittington, Oswestry SY11 4AS, UK|
|Prestatyn Town F.C.||1|