The New Saints had to dig deep on Friday night as they beat Conwy Borough after extra time. A goal from Matty Williams and an extra time winner from substitute Alex Darlington ensured progress into the fourth round of the FAW Welsh Cup.
With the pitch making it very difficult for The Saints to play their usual passing style, Conwy took the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League Champions to extra time. However, Craig Harrison was pleased with his team and very proud of his players, ‘I was really pleased with our win last and I am delighted that we have got through tot he next round. We really want to win the Welsh cup again as it was an amazing experience two seasons ago. The pitch was very poor pitch but I was very proud of my team, We stood up to the physical battle, managed the conditions and gave a very good battling, gutsy, hardworking performance.’
Harrison also praised the work ethic of his players, ‘The lads really showed how hardworking they all are and the togetherness we have at our club. In all fairness Conwy played well and made us work hard for our win but we expected them to make it difficult for us. We are rightly expected to win most games and especially against a team from the league below. However, in cup football you don’t always get the expected outcome, as we have seen this with a few up upsets. We showed a different side to our character and we proved that we can win games by playing either fantastic free flowing attacking football or we can also win ugly away at a tough place like Conwy.’
TNS will now travel to Carmarthen Town in the fourth round of the FAW Welsh Cup.