Jonny's Blog

Bogey teams in football are always sides that fasinate me. For some reason, they have this kind of hold over another team, and it is unexplainable.

And that is exactly what Newtown are for The Saints as we saw on Friday evening.

2-0 up after 30 minutes, with an extra man, and an extra manager for that matter, Newtown could and maybe should have done enough to see out the game from my point of view.

They may have done, had it not been for one goalkeeping error from Dave Jones, gifting Greg Draper a goal before the break. I get on really well with Dave, he is a great lad, a great goalkeeper but one lapse in concentration ultimately put the ball back in the hosts court.

Going into the break I really thought Newtown would hold out, just because of the way I have seen them defend in the past.

But they were far from that in the second period, as Draper struck twice, and then again soon after to leave Newtown shell-shocked.

However, with 15 minutes or so to go they sprung back in to life and had chances to go on and get something from the game, but for the life of my I can’t understand why they left it so late.

But the unbeaten run continued, but twice Newtown have come within inches of ending the run this season, and twice they have thrown away the chance.

I don’t think anyone will break it now, despite games against Aber, Bala and Airbus.

I believe The Saints have had their scares, and now they are in the clear, however stranger things have happened in football.

And a massive well done to Greg Draper for his four goals, the fact it was a massive comeback overshadowed the fact that the forward notched four on his return to the side.

He has been left frustrated in recent months by a lack of action, but he certainly plants a seed in Craig’s head ahead of next weekends Welsh Cup Semi-Final.



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