World record-equalling Boxing Day at Park Hall – The New Saints FC 4 Cefn Druids 0

World record-equalling Boxing Day at Park Hall – The New Saints FC 4 Cefn Druids 0

This afternoon TNS entered the Guinness World Records, courtesy of a 4-0 home victory against near-neighbours, Cefn Druids. We have now equalled Ajax’s record of 26 consecutive wins in all competitions, that dates back to 1971/1972.

The Dutch giants scored 78 in the process, conceding 18. By comparison, TNS have found the net 86 times with just 13 in reply.

Team: Paul Harrison, Simon Spender, Chris Marriott, Jon Routledge, Ryan Brobbel, Greg Draper, Steve Saunders, Connell Rawlinson, Alex Darlington, Adrian Cieslewicz, Aeron Edwards

Substitutes (used): Jamie Mullan, Jacob Farleigh, Ryan Pryce (for Cieslewicz, Darlington, Spender)

Substitutes (unused): Phil Baker, James Jones, Andy Wycherley

Goals: Cieslewicz (2), Darlington, Draper

Match report:

AN ADRIAN Cieslewicz double helped The New Saints to cement their place in the record books, as they recorded a 26th straight win at the expense of lowly Cefn Druids.

The result saw TNS equal the long-standing world record held by the Ajax side involving legendary Dutch players such as Johnny Rep and Johan Neeskens.

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Alex Darlington had opened the scoring on his Boxing Day birthday, to spark two goals in as many minutes, with Cieslewicz then grabbing his first.

And Draper scored just after the break, before Cieslewicz headed home his second, as Saints’ startling run continues.

Darlington strode onto Ryan Brobbel’s 11th minute corner, only to see his shot strike the underside of the Cefn Druids crossbar before the visitors managed to get the ball clear.

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Referee, Nick Pratt, then waved away Saints appeals for a penalty, as Darlington went down under the challenge of Adam Hesp.

Saints midfielder Aeron Edwards had a goalbound shot blocked when he met an Adrian Cieslewicz ball into the Cefn penalty area.

But TNS held their breath when Steve Blenkinsop fired a rasping 30-yard volley at Paul Harrion’s goal, with the Druids striker rattling the woodwork, much to the home side’s relief.

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Michael Pritchard then pulled a save from Harrison, when he spun on the ball on the edge of the Saints’ six-yard box, as Druids threatened again.

But TNS responded with two goals in as many minutes, to repel the Druids’ charge just before the break.

First, Darlington made up for his earlier miss by sending a low shot beyond Cefn’s Michael Jones on 41 minutes.

And then Cieslewicz sent a deflected effort beyond the unfortunate goalkeeper to double their advantage, before Blenkinsop failed to connect with a gilt-edged diving header at the other end.

Pritchard forced Harrison into a full-length save as Druids began the second-half strongly.

But they were soon undone when Draper poked the ball home from close range, after Simon Spender’s 52nd minute run undid the Cefn defence.

Cieslewicz then scored his second – and The New Saints’ fourth – when he headed home Spender’s 66th minute cross after a lightening quick reaction by Jones had denied Draper just moments earlier.

And Druids never looked like getting on the score sheet from then on in, after TNS had knocked the stuffing out of the visitors, who will be hoping they can do better when the two sides meet again at The Rock this Friday.

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