Jonny's Blog

Saturday was anything but a routine win for the Saints as the end of the first phase comes to it’s conclusion.

I have been watching football for a long time and I have never seen such tricky conditions in my time.

I felt extremely sorry for Paul Harrison and has goal kick attempts which were being swept up in the wind and thrown around like a rag doll.

It was tough going for TNS and Prestatyn players, with the surface not helping either.

Truth be told The Seasiders deserved their early lead, and could have had three goals before the break, and Neil Gibson would have been kicking himself as the hosts spurned the chances as they played a wind assisted game.

However, it did come back to bite them, but not before a terrific individual effort from Scott Quigley.

The youngster has been in and out of the side this season, but he showed what he can do picking the ball up on the edge of his box and powering through players to equalise.

The goal will add to Craig Harrison’s selection headache upfront as he now was four top strikers to choose from, but only two positions to put them in.

Really pleased also for Jamie Reed who bagged his first goal for the Saints, even if it was a scrappy one.

But they all count, and that was added to by Matty Williams, who came off the bench to score twice, however one was disallowed for offside.

But Williams looked good off the bench, and that could be another selection headache ahead of next weekend’s final game of the first phase.

There is only one scenario that is in the balance and that is the race for the top six.

Port Talbot, Newtown and Carmarthen are all in the mix, and Sunday will be an interesting afternoon.

Port Talbot look like their place is secure after Bernie McNally guided them to seven points from nine over Christmas, however the sixth spot hangs in the balance.

Carmarthen are fifth on 31 points at the moment, however they will need to break a two year unbeaten home record at the venue to overcome TNS.

Port Talbot face Bala at home, which is a tricky final match for the Steelmen, and Newtown travel to GAP Connah’s Quay after their win at Rhyl yesterday kept them in the hunt.

Looking at the games, I think it should be Port Talbot and Newtown if they can pick up wins, however if Carmarthen do lose at TNS, they could still make the top six.

We will be switching between all of the games next Sunday on TNS Radio, as there could be a grandstand finish in the race for the top six.

In other news this weekend in the WPL the signing of Lee Healey has already paid off for Nev Powell at Bangor as he grabbed the winner in their 2-1 win over Port Talbot.

It was also nice to see Healey racing to Powell to celebrate, which shows the fight is still there at Nantporth.

This week our TNS podcast returns as we have Bangor City stopper Connor Roberts on the show along with a TNS player, so tune in on Audioboom on Thursday evening.

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