Rev's Ramblings

'Good afternoon and welcome to the North Pole' is how we kicked off yesterday's TNS radio show at Bala Town. Well, that's exactly how it felt compared to the summer-like day that we revelled in as we left Park Hall.

Regardless of the conditions off the pitch though, it's what happens on the turf that really counts. So on that front, congratulations to Bala for earning the point that secures European football for them next season.

As it was the final league game for The New Saints, I guess the only disappointment (if you can call it that) is that there was just one defeat along the way. It would have been nice to have gone the whole campaign unbeaten, but even the brightest of days often has a small cloud lurking away somewhere.

It was good to meet Hannah Jones, the media officer at Bala Town. We've spoken via twitter a few times but you can't beat face-to-face contact. Hannah does a great work at Maes Tegid, and one of the aspects of being involved with TNS that I really enjoy is meeting the people that make the Welsh Premier League clubs tick.

It was also wonderful to see the scarves around the pitch-side railings supporting the Alfie Lund charity. We took one with us from The New Saints and that has now been tied to the end of a very impressive chain representing football clubs from far and wide. If you're not aware of who Alfie Lund is and what the fundraising is all about, then a quick internet search will reveal all. It's definitely a cause worth supporting.
We don't usually have the same number of guests on the radio show at away games that we do at Park Hall, but we did well this week. At half-time I had a chat with Sgorio's Tomi Morgan, who of course has links with The New Saints, courtesy of LLansantffraid FC. Personally I am a big fan of the 'red button' Sgorio duo and they are my favourite commentators. In fact we were seated next to Tommi and Mark Jones in the media area at Bala.
We also had our very own Tallie Brazier, who is now a regular guest, on air with her sister, Cady They were joined by dad Ian, who made his debut. It was great to hear his passion for the ladies' and girls' side of the club. That's one of the thing that impresses me very much - there are lots of people involved with TNS, and while they're all individual spokes they are very much connected to the big wheel. 
Talking of female football, it was disappointing to hear the result from the Ladies game that took place while we were at Bala. It was a must-win for the girls if they were to clinch the title, but sadly they lost 0-1. Still, they have the honour of saying that they played the very first competitive game on the new Park Hall pitch, which looks fantastic by the way.
Finally, talking about being honoured, those of us who were at Bala Town can say that we were there for Scott Ruscoe's final appearance in a green and white shirt. Clocking up 300 in the process, I think the word 'legend' is used far too lightly these days, but as far as Scott is concerned it is a fitting tribute. I'll be back next Monday, hopefully with tales of the treble to tell!
The Rev