Saints on cloud nine

The New Saints thrashed Guilsfield by nine goals to nil, in a friendly at the Guilsfield Community Centre Ground.

Craig Harrison’s side started well but were unable to find a break through past a stubborn Guilsfield defence.

However, midway through the first half, Chris Seargeant gave his side the lead with a powerful strike from the edge of the box. The former Everton man picked up the ball around 30 yards out, before driving forward and  unleashing a thunderous strike into the top corner.

Soon after Sam Finley headed in from close range to double his team’s lead. The energetic midfielder was the first player to react in a crowded six yard box after Guilsfield failed to clear a corner.

A minute later and it was three. Once again the TNS number eight was in the heart of the move and it was his desire to firstly close down the ball and then his pin point pass to Draper, who duly tapped in from close range.

The Saints then started to run riot. Ryan Fraughan did amazingly well to find Scott Ruscoe, who coolly nicked the ball past the home goalkeeper, before rolling the ball into the empty net.

Alex Darlington then smashed his volley wide after Luke Douglas had done terrifically well to find him at the back post.

However, the former Wrexham striker made up for his earlier miss by latching onto a great ball from Ruscoe and confidently passing the ball into the net.

Moments before the break, Draper scored his second. The New Zealand International flicked the ball into the goal from a couple of yards out, after getting on the end of Fraughan’s wonderfully whipped in corner.

Minutes into the second half, Draper completed his hat-trick. The impressive TNS striker finished off his solo run by poking the ball past Dave Littleford in the Guilsfield goal.

Fraughan then got amongst the goals. The tricky winger smashed in an unstoppable free kick from the edge of the box to give his side an eight goal lead.

The prolific Draper then grabbed another after he raced through and smartly converted to secure his fourth goal of the game.

The Saints controlled the rest of the match and will go into tomorrow’s game against Buckley Town with a lot of confidence after a nine goal rout.

The New Saints line up was Chris Mullock, Simon Spender, Aaron Simms, Luke Douglas, Phil Baker, Chris Seargeant, Scott Ruscoe, Sam Finley, Greg Draper, Alex Darlington and Ryan Fraughan.