Jonny's Blog

The side could have been forgiven for slacking off at the weekend, after the title was already in the bag, but that was not visible to see at the Genquip Stadium on Saturday.
Possibly for the first 30 minutes or so it was, but after that the class and focus of The Saints shone through and second half strikes from Connell Rawlinson and Mike Wilde secured another three points.
That now leaves the Saints just four games away from an unbeaten league campaign, and six games away from a complete unbeaten season.
Mike Wilde’s comments were interesting after the game. Rarely do a side win a championship and then still have something to play for in the weeks after.
An unbeaten treble winning season is something that has never been done before in Wales and what an achievement it would be.
But Craig Harrison hit the nail on the head in his post match comments by saying that they can’t get too wrapped up in being ‘unbeaten’ and they can’t think ‘it is the be all and end all.’
It needs to be taken one game at a time, and if that happens, you wouldn’t bet against it happening.
For the first period on Saturday however, the unbeaten run looked in the balance. Liam McCreesh scored a good goal to give the Steelmen the lead and they had persistant pressure following that and really should have grabbed a second.
But like I say when this scenario happens, if you don’t double the lead, or take your chances against a side as good as TNS, you will get punished, and that they did.
However the signs from Andy Dyer’s side were good. Old heads combined with decent young players is a good combination for success, and I am sure they will be pushing for a Europa League place and will be planning for bigger things next season.
In other news around the league, it was sad to see that Prestatyn were as good as relegated on Friday.
A 2-1 defeat to rivals Rhyl basically put the final nail in the coffin on what has been a disappointing few years for the Seasiders.
It was only just two seasons ago they were in Europe, and got through the first round.
But since then nothing has gone right for them, and despite blooding a host of skilful youngsters this season, they have failed to climb out of the bottom two.
They will be back, and the league will be worse off without them.
And on a final note, what a crowd at Llandudno on Friday. Over 1,000 people turned out to hopefully see them get promoted. However, they could only muster a draw against Denbigh and will have to wait until next week to secure promotion.
But well done to Llandudno and manager Alan Morgan, will be terrific to see a new team in the top flight next season.

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